Under the NHS standard contract, all organisations providing NHS services (providers) must put in place and maintain appropriate anti-crime arrangements.
The NHS organisations which commission the services (commissioners) should review providers’ arrangements to make sure they meet the requirements under the contract. Commissioners also need to ensure that they have appropriate anti-crime arrangements in place themselves.
On this page you can find the standards set by NHS Protect for providers and for commissioners in relation to anti-crime work. These are available in separate documents, which provide a detailed explanation of each standard and what providers need to do to comply with it. The documents also explains NHS Protect’s quality assurance process and how organisations will be assessed to ensure compliance with each of the areas covered by the standards.
An archive of older standards is available on the Standards for previous years page.
Self review tool (SRT)
The self review tool (SRT) enables providers to produce a summary of the anti-fraud, bribery and corruption work and of the security management work they conducted over the previous financial year.
This is available as an online form and a link and login details are sent directly to organisations at the appropriate time.
Security management standards
NHS Protect’s security management functions are currently being decommissioned as part of the transition leading to the creation of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority.
Existing NHS security management standards for providers and commissioners will remain in place, as the standards are part of the requirements of the current NHS standard contract. Quality assurance work for security management functions will no longer be undertaken by NHS Protect beyond the current round of assessments and will not be part of the remit of the NHSCFA.
Standards for providers
The document below sets out NHS Protect's 2017-18 standards for providers’ anti-fraud, bribery and corruption work.
Standards for providers 2016-17
The two documents below set out NHS Protect's 2016-17 standards for providers’ anti-fraud, bribery and corruption work and for their security management work.
Standards for commissioners
The document below sets out NHS Protect's 2017-18 standards for commissioners’ anti-fraud, bribery and corruption work. These standards have been approved and adopted by NHS England’s Audit Committee in order to ensure a unified approach to tackling economic crime.
Standards for commissioners 2016-17
The two documents below set out NHS Protect's 2016-17 standards for commissioners’ anti-fraud, bribery and corruption work and for their security management work. Standards for commissioners 2016-17: Fraud, bribery and corruption
Anti-fraud standards for commissioners: Frequently asked questions
This frequently asked questions (FAQs) document was produced following engagement meetings with commissioning organisations on the NHS Standard Contract and on NHS Protect’s anti-crime standards for commissioners. It addresses a number of queries that came up at the meetings and aims to be a useful resource for both commissioners and providers.
Standards for NHS bodies (Wales)
NHS bodies in Wales must implement anti-fraud, bribery and corruption measures in accordance with Welsh Government Directions on Counter Fraud Measures and the service agreement under section 83 of the Government of Wales Act 2006.
This document sets out the standards NHS bodies in Wales must meet in their anti-fraud, bribery and corruption arrangements.