Counter-fraud at the Trust

The Trust is responsible for ensuring public funds are used properly for providing healthcare to local people. Unfortunately nationally fraud and corruption threaten to prevent these funds from providing maximum benefit to patients. The Trust is intolerant of fraud, corruption and bribery and takes a robust response to these threats via its Anti-Fraud, Corruption and Bribery Policy. Any staff, patients or visitors who suspect an instance where the NHS has been defrauded either internally or externally should refer these to the local anti-fraud specialist who will investigate and gather evidence to support a criminal prosecution.

Fraud in the NHS is governed by an organisation called NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) Any concerns you may have about potential fraud at the Trust can be directed to our local counter-fraud specialist using the contact details below.


How to report fraud

If you would like to find out more about fraud prevention please call our local anti-fraud specialist:

Collette Ryan
Telephone number – 07827 835979
Email: or

The National NHS Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line is a confidential reporting line operated by trained staff between 8a.m. and 6p.m. and can be contacted on tel: 0800 028 4060. More information can be found by visiting the NHS CFA website –


Trust’s participation in the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) 2020/2021

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for; auditing, or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

We participate in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative (NFI): a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise, as detailed

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice.

View further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information. For further information on data matching at this authority contact the Trust’s Local Counter Fraud Specialist, Collette Ryan on 07827 835979 or email or