Corporate Governance

Business Conduct for NHS Staff, Board Members Register of Interests and Code of Conduct

Business Conduct for NHS Staff

All NHS staff who commit NHS resources directly or indirectly must be impartial and honest in their conduct of business and all employees must remain beyond suspicion.

In the NHS  MEL (1994) 48 details the principles for codes of conduct and accountability in situations where there is potential conflict between the private interests of NHS staff and their NHS duties and requires the establishment of a local code of conduct.  Previously the NHS Board and the former Trusts had Codes that complied with the guidance. 

The Board approved revised  Standards of Business Conduct for NHS Staff, bringing together what were essentially identical Codes into a single document, updated to take account of recent NHS changes.  This followed consultation with the Partnership Forum and the JLC.

The purpose of these Standards is ensure that all NHS employees in Dumfries and Galloway are aware of their duties under the MEL and to protect them from situations where they may be placed in a real or apparent conflict of interest.

The principles of conduct within NHS Dumfries and Galloway set down in the Code are:

Staff are expected to:

  • ensure that the interest of patients remain paramount at all times;
  • be impartial and honest in the conduct of their official business;
  • use the public funds entrusted to them to the best advantage of the service, always ensuring value for money.

It is also the responsibility of staff to ensure that they do not:

  • abuse their official position for the personal gain or to the benefit of their family or friends;
  • undertake outside employment that could compromise their NHS duties;
  • seek to advantage or further their private business or interest in the course of their official duties.

Standards of Business Conduct for NHS Staff

Board Members

Register of Board Members Interests

Board members of devolved public bodies are required by the Regulations to give the ‘Standards Officer’ notice of their interests The  Register must state:

  • the name of the board member;
  • their interests which fall within the categories listed below and as set out in the member’s code of conduct; and
  • if they have nothing to register they must record that fact under each applicable category.

Register of Board members interests

Board Member Expenses 2014 to October 2017

Code of Conduct for Board Members

The Scottish public has a high expectation of those who serve on the boards of public bodies and the way in which they should conduct themselves in undertaking their duties for Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board.

This Code covers members of Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board.  

As a member of Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board, it is your responsibility to make sure that you are familiar with, and that your actions comply with, the provisions of this Code of Conduct.

Code of Conduct for Members 


Corporate Business Manager
NHS Dumfries and Galloway
Chief Executive's Office
Mid North
Crichton Hall
Glencaple Road

Telephone: 01387 272702

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