What we do
The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (previously NHS Protect) delivers a service focused on the protection of NHS resources from crime. Counter Fraud colleagues use intelligence to identify serious and complex economic crime, reduce the impact of crime and drive improvements in anti-crime work.
Local NHS organisations are primarily accountable for dealing with crime risks in the NHS. A network of Local Counter Fraud Specialists (LCFSs) takes forward anti-fraud, bribery and corruption work for providers of NHS services and NHS commissioners who are accountable to the organisation’s Director of Finance. They provide information and guidance to the NHS counter fraud community to improve anti-fraud, bribery and corruption work across the NHS.
Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s Local Counter Fraud Specialist is Beric Dawson who can be contacted on 07580 163541 or by email
What is Fraud?
The Fraud Act 2006 introduced a general offence of fraud - and NHS fraud is no exception.
Generally, the term describes offences such as deception, forgery, and misrepresentation or concealment of facts. The size and diversity of the health service means there is an enormous variation in the types of fraud committed. Among the more recurrent kinds are staff and professionals claiming money for shifts not worked, patients falsely claiming exemption from optical, dental or pharmaceutical charges and staff working in unauthorised jobs while on sick leave.
Fraud against the NHS means that money intended for patient care ends up in the pockets of criminals. It means that fewer resources are available to be spent on front line health services. By reporting NHS fraud, you can help us to protect valuable NHS resources and bring those responsible to justice. Don't worry if you don't have all the facts, just tell us what you know.
To report any suspicions or concerns about fraud at LCH, you can either contact Beric Dawson (see above) or call the fraud hotline anonymously on 0800 028 40 60. This free, 24-hour phone line is operated by Crimestoppers and anyone can use it to report suspected fraud, bribery or corruption affecting the Department of Health and its arm’s-length bodies as well as the NHS.
You can also use the online fraud reporting tool and through your Raising Concerns at Work/ Whistleblowing function.
If in doubt, raise it!
Whichever route you decide to take to report suspected fraud, you will have the option to do so anonymously. The Trust will also support any of its staff who raise matters in good faith and managers at all levels will ensure that issues raised are treated in an appropriate and serious manner.
If you have any concerns or suspicions about any activity you think might be fraudulent, contact one of the following immediately.
07580 163541 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
National Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line
Freephone: 0800 028 40 60
All information is treated in confidence.