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Nolan Principles

The 'Nolan Principles' code of practice has been written with regard to the seven principles of public life identified by the Nolan Committee in their first report on standards in public life in May 1995 and subsequently endorsed by the Government.

NHS Kernow actively promotes and strives to adhere to the principles set out below. All members of NHS Kernow have agreed to adhere to these principles by working within the terms of our constitution which sets out and promotes these principles.

The seven Nolan Principles

Selflessness: Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.

Integrity: Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.

Objectivity: In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for awards or benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

Accountability: Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

Openness: Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

Honesty: Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

Leadership: Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.