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About Managing Conflicts of Interest Training for CCGs programme

NHS England has rolled out  online training to support CCGs to manage conflicts of interest. The training has been developed in collaboration with CCGs and is intended to raise awareness of the risks of conflicts of interest and provide advice on how to manage them.

Overview of the training

The training programme has three modules:

  • Module 1 covers what conflicts of interest are; how to declare and manage conflicts of interest including individuals’ responsibilities; and how to report any concerns.
  • Module 2 provides further information on managing conflicts of interest throughout the whole commissioning cycle and in recruitment processes.
  • Module 3 provides advice on how chairs should manage conflicts of interest; an overview of the safeguards that should be applied in Primary Care Commissioning Committees; and how to identify and manage breaches of conflicts of interest rules, through a series of practical scenarios.

Each training module ends with a short assessment – individuals will need to achieve 80% in the assessment to pass the module.

Who should complete the training?

Module 1 of the training is mandatory for:

  • CCG Governing Body Members
  • Executive members of formal CCG committees and sub-committees
  • Primary Care Commissioning Committee members
  • Clinicians involved in commissioning or procurement decision(s)
  • CCG governance leads
  • Anyone involved or likely to be involved in taking a procurement decision(s)

CCGs may wish to invite other individuals to undertake the training if they are involved in CCG business.

Modules 2 and 3 are optional but may be of interest to the following:

Module 2: individuals in decision-making, including contract and performance managers, commissioning leads, primary care teams, strategy and planning teams, locality managers etc.

Module 3: senior CCG staff with high exposure to conflicts of interest, such as governing body members, senior management team, GP clinical leads, governance leads, Conflicts of Interest Guardian and procurement leads.

How to access

In order to access the Conflicts of Interest programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Conflicts of Interest programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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NHS healthcare staff in England

The Conflicts of Interest programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this elearning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Conflicts of Interest programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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