Statement for trading partners

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust engages with NHS Counter Fraud Services and the Audit commission with the ultimate aim to support and improve the services of the Trust helping to ensure that money is deployed for the public good in the effective delivery of frontline services as the taxpayer intended.

As an organisation, the trust has zero-tolerance attitude towards fraud and as part of this duty the trust is currently participating in an exercise to promote the proper spending of public money.

The trust is required by law to protect the public funds it administers and it may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Audit Commission is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises for public bodies.

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 for example, bank accounts. 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.

The Audit Commission currently recommends us to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Audit Commission for matching for each exercise, and these are set out in the Audit Commission’s guidance.

The use of data by the Audit Commission in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 2A of the Audit Commission Act 1998. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 2018.

Data matching by the Audit Commission is subject to a Code of Practice.

You can also find further information on the Audit Commission’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information.


For further information on data matching at this authority contact

Graham Thompson
Counter Fraud Manager
Kirkstone Villa
Lanchester Road Hospital
0191 4415918