The conduct expected at the Trust of individuals is set out within a number of documents, codes, and policies, including our Trust's corporate governance manual, disciplinary policy, and values and behaviours. These documents can all be found on Connect, and staff are expected to familiarise themselves with them. Our Trust puts out a clear message that it does not, and will not, tolerate crime committed against it by anyone.
NHS workers are expected to abide by certain principles, values and behaviours including the NHS Managers Code of Conduct, Professional Codes of Conduct (eg the GMC 'Good Medical Practice'), the Code of Conduct and Accountability in the NHS. All are expected to abide by the Seven Principles of Public Life, known as the 'Nolan Principles', which the Trust reiterates that all staff should subscribe to:
- Selflessness: Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.
- Integrity: Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
- Objectivity: In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
- Accountability: Holders of publicoffice are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
- Openness: Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
- Honesty: Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
- Leadership: Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.