Central to the proper conduct of the public business is the need for CTCIC board members, staff, volunteers and members and volunteers of all its organisations, its contracts and subsidiaries (including Healthwatch Northamptonshire (HWN), Healthwatch Rutland (HWR) and any other organisations CTCIC is formally contracted to manage), to follow the seven principles of public life as set out by the Nolan Committee on Standards of Public Life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. Failure to do so may provide a risk to the reputation of CTCIC or leave board members or volunteers open to suspicion of impropriety in their conduct of CTCIC business.
The purpose of this policy is to set out the principles for minimising and managing potential conflicts of interest, perceived or otherwise and, in so doing, provide protection to CTCIC, its board members, staff and volunteers. In establishing this policy, the CTCIC aims to achieve the effective management of conflicts of interest without over-prescriptive regulation.
To ensure best practice by:
(i) ensuring those individuals covered by the policy make decisions free from bias;
(ii) guarding against conflicts of interest that may arise as a result of the positions held by individuals
(iii) protecting CTCIC, and those individuals covered by the policy, against impropriety, or the appearance of impropriety, including reputational risk.