In line with Section 7 of the Health Board Standing Orders,
the Board must adopt a set of values and standards of behaviour for the UHB that meets the requirements of the NHS Wales Values and Standards of Behaviour framework
. These values and standards of behaviour will apply to all those conducting business by or on behalf of the Health Board, including Board members, Health Board officers, and others, as appropriate. The framework adopted by the Board will form part of the Health Board's Standing Orders
The Health Board has a Standards of Behaviour Policy Incorporating Declarations of Interests, Gifts, Hospitality and Sponsorship which re-states and builds on the provisions of Section 7 of the Health Board's Standing Orders. It re-emphasises the commitment of the Health Board to ensure that it operates to the highest standards, the roles and responsibilities of those employed by the Health Board, and the arrangements for ensuring that declarations can be made.
It is a requirement that at the beginning of every Health Board, Committee or decision making/formal meeting, that members and those in attendance be invited to declare their interests in relation to any items on the agenda.
The Declarations of Interest of our Board members
are available on our website. This, and previous years' declarations, are published in our Annual Accounts which are approved annually (every June) by the Board and can be found in the Key Documents
section of our website. The paper copy of the Register of Declarations of Members' Interests, together with the forms which are used to inform its contents is retained by the Corporate Governance Department, and the Register is available for public inspection.
Register of Gifts and Hospitality provided to Board Members and Senior Personnel
Section 7.5 of the Health Board’s Standing Orders states that the Values and Standards of Behaviour Framework adopted by the Board prohibits Board members and Health Board officers from receiving gifts, hospitality or benefits in kind from a third party which may reasonably give rise to suspicion of conflict between their official duty and their private interest, or may reasonably be seen to compromise their personal integrity in any way. The Standards of Behaviour Policy Incorporating Declarations of Interests, Gifts, Hospitality and Sponsorship provides detailed guidance regarding the types of gifts, hospitality and sponsorship which may or may not be accepted.
A full report of all offers of Gifts and Hospitality recorded by the Health Board is submitted to the Audit Committee