National Fraud Initiative Fair Processing Notice
The fair processing notice below is for the attention of clients participating in the NFI 2016/17. A biennial data matching exercise run by the Cabinet Office which helps to identify potentially fraudulent claims, errors and overpayments, all hosted on a secure website.

NHS Bodies are required to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for; auditing, or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

We participate in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative: a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise, as detailed here.

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice available here: Code of Practice.

View further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information.

For further information on data matching at:

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust or South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, please contact Graham Thompson 0191 4415918

For further information on data matching at North Tees NHS Foundation Trust or Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, please contact Ray Scanlan 0191 4415939


For further information on data matching at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust or NHS Cumbria CCG, please contact Julie Kinghorn on 07980 729654