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Counter Fraud Good Practice Guide for Food and Drink Businesses

 

Launched:Counter Fraud Good Practice Guide for Food and Drink Businesses 

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“Fraud undermines the financial health and reputation of food and drink businesses. It is the last, great unreduced business cost with the latest research data, across 17 years, showing that this cost averages over 5% of expenditure."

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) launches the Counter Fraud Good Practice Guide for Food and Drink Businesses, which helps food and drink businesses adopt established counter fraud good practice.

The good practice guidance was developed by CIEH Food in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for Counter Fraud Studies, the Food Standards Agency’s National Food Crime Unit, Food Standards Scotland’s Food Crime and Incidents Unit, and the Intellectual Property Office.

What’s the problem and why improve?

Fraud is an issue for every business in every sector as it leads to financial costs, undermines consumer confidence and can potentially impact consumers’ health and wellbeing. For the food and drink industry in particular, fraud can take the form of a contaminated substance being added to a product, food products could be falsely advertised or fictitious companies can be created to receive goods on credit before disappearing without paying invoices.

“This is a serious problem as fraud not only has the potential to impact on an individual business’ profits and reputation but it also reflects on the food industry as a whole and more importantly risks consumers’ trust and health,” said Eoghan Daly.

“Food businesses need to quickly change their approach and adopt good practice in counter fraud as a key element of day to day business, before profits are hit and they lose customers.”

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Infection Prevention and Control Consultancy

Infections are often easily dealt with but sometimes, if they are not managed effectively, they can create serious problems. To ensure that your service meets the requirements of the Department of Health(DH) and the Care Quality Commission(CQC) requirements for the revised Health and Social Care Act 2008 - Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of Infections and related guidance (‘The Hygiene Code").

From April 2009, all NHS providers have been required to be registered with the Care Quality Commission. This registration legally requires organisations to protect its service users, staff and others from the risks of acquiring an infection and to be compliant with the code of practice as far as is reasonably practicable. The Care Quality Commission enforcement powers include imposing, varying or removing the conditions of registration, including the power to impose financial sanctions on non-compliant organisations.

The Health Act (DH, 2008) makes it clear that infection prevention and control is everyone’s responsibility and must be embedded into practice. It is impossible to prevent all infections, but by having an understanding of, and using the principles of infection prevention and control in your daily practice, we can minimise the risk of transferring harmful organisms to others.

ITS provide consultancy to NHS Trusts and healthcare organisations.

ITS deliver training for all the above by an infection prevention and control expert who has worked in the NHS for over 30 years with the last 15 managing a department in a large 600 bed hosptial developing and maintaining Health Act/CQC compliance requirements implemeting policies and procedures in infection prevention and control.

Infection Prevention and Control Specialists are available to provide onsite consultations for the following:  

  • Policy development
  • Review of evidence prior to inspection with the CQC 
  • New builds
  • Refurbishments
  • Program development
  • Training
  • Investigation following a complaint/serious untoward incident
  • Risk assessments
  • Audit

Patricia Wadsworth Director

Began her nurse training in 1978 and for the last 15 years has specialised in infection prevention and control. The last 9 years as lead nurse at Northampton General Hospital. A degree in teaching and education which has provided the knowledge and skills to be able to develop and deliver infection prevention and control education and training to all staff. A Certificate in infection prevention and control from Leeds University.

 

 

Apprenticeship Levy a practical guide

Apprenticeship Levy

 

Learn to love your levy – a practical guide

The Levy is now well on its way and employers are seemingly more positive about accepting it coming. The last update, about new funding systems and how providers will operate.

SFA Funding finally announced Key Points:

      • 24 Months expiry on levy pots
      • funding bands (and rates) of 1-15 confirmed
      • Additional 20% funding for 16-18 yr olds on Frameworks
      • £1000 to employers for 16-18 yr olds
      • Learners can multiple qualifications/apprenticeships at the same level
      • New guidance on Provider applications to the RoTAP

Key Points:

    • Supporting providers need not register if delivering under 100K
  • Sub-contracting allowed up to £500k – more rules on this to be announced
  • Published March 2017 for public view.

Accessing the Levy in England

Read more: Apprenticeship Levy a practical guide