We will be holding four MES Declare user groups this year, in two batches and at different locations around the country. Our first batch will be held this May in London and Leeds, with our second batch taking place in the autumn in Bristol and Birmingham. We will be making use of the offices of our new parent company, Civica, as we look to broaden our geographic presence.
Two years ago, on 9th February 2017, NHS England issued new guidance on managing conflicts of interest in the NHS. Initially known as the sunshine rule, this followed an investigation in 2015 that found cases and serious risks of corruption in the NHS with regard to the receipt of gifts, hospitality and sponsorship that could unduly influence decisions and awards of contracts.