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Model conflicts of interest policy for NHS foundation trust board members

The board of directors of an NHS trust have a legal obligation to act in the best interests of the organisation, in accordance with the trust’s governing document, and to avoid situations where there may be a potential conflict of interest.

The most common types of conflicts of interest include:

  • direct financial interest
  • indirect financial interest
  • non-financial or personal interests
  • conflicts of loyalty.

It is essential that there are clear and robust systems in place for identifying and managing real and potential conflicts of interest of board members to protect the reputation and tangible assets of the NHS trust, as well as the reputation of individual board members.

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