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With the UK public sector spending £290 billion per year on goods and services, it makes itself an attractive target for procurement fraud.

Our Detect and Prevent Procurement Fraud in the Public Sector course is designed to help you gain the necessary tools and techniques to detect, tackle and prevent fraud.

Through interactive sessions, learn how to identify the different types of procurement fraud; develop internal controls to help safeguard against fraud and work with our expert trainer to develop counter-fraud strategies.

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Dr Peter Tickner MSc CFIIA CIA ICFS
Fraud Specialist

Peter Tickner spent nearly 40 years as an auditor in the NHS, central government and the Police. After a five year spell as an audit lecturer at the Civil Service College in the 1980s Peter became Head of Internal Audit of Her Majesty’s Treasury in 1988. In 1995 Peter left HM Treasury to become Director of Internal Audit for London’s Metropolitan Police, a post he held until early retirement in 2009, when he set up his own consultancy and fraud investigation business.

While at the Metropolitan Police Peter set up a highly successful internal fraud investigation unit looking at ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the different types of procurement fraud
  • Mitigate against procurement and contract fraud risks
  • Learn how to implement internal controls
  • Develop counter-procurement fraud strategies
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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0800 542 9414
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09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Overview of the Public Sector Procurement Fraud Landscape

  • Gain a brief overview of the public sector procurement fraud landscape
  • Understand the risks and gain an awareness of the most common types of procurement frauds
  • Review cases of procurement fraud affecting the public sector
  • Benchmark your approach to detecting and tackling procurement fraud to other public sector organisations
  • Examine best practice at tackling procurement fraud
10:45 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 12:00

Detecting Procurement and Contract Management Fraud

  • Gain techniques to identify cases of fraud
  • Learn how to raise greater awareness around fraud
  • Improve your knowledge of procurement fraud risks: price fixing, cartels, bid rigging, manipulation of specifications, bribery, conflicts of interest and abuse of gifts and hospitality
  • Identify and overcome bid rigging
  • Due diligence – a necessity for significant contracts
  • Develop your understanding of contract management fraud risks: overcharging, duplicate payments, false invoices, phantom suppliers, false performance reporting, corrupt relationships between main and sub-contractors
12:00 - 13:00

Implementing Internal Controls

  • Develop more effective control frameworks: monitoring key contracts and contractors, appropriate separation of duties and audit trail/record keeping
  • Effective contract performance management: reviewing contracts, meaningful checks in place for supplier invoices, adequate documenting of key procurement and contract processes
  • Ensure adequate records of meetings with suppliers
  • Monitoring of staff use of procurement cards and spend on call-off contracts
  • Identify the warning signs in budget and spend
  • Ensure management and audit access to relevant contactor records
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Develop Effective Counter-Procurement Fraud Strategies

  • Review and improve your counter-fraud procurement activities, including fraud risk identification and mitigation
  • Develop a counter-fraud culture across your organisation
  • Ensure due diligence when procuring services
  • Improve monitoring of spending with suppliers
  • Take back a personalised action plan to improve how you tackle fraud
16:00 - 16:15

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