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Modern Slavery Act

 

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Act 2015 Annual Statement

Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires all organisations to set out the steps it has taken during the financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any of its supply chains, and in any part of its own business.

The aim of this statement is to demonstrate that the Trust follows good practice and all reasonable steps are being taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  provides a comprehensive range of high quality acute care services, our 5,500-strong workforce serves a population of about 400,000 people across Wirral, Ellesmere Port, Neston, North Wales and the wider North West footprint. We operate across two main sites these being Arrowe Park Hospital in Upton and Clatterbridge Hospital in Bebbington.  We also provide a range of outpatient services from community locations at St Catherine’s Health Centre in Birkenhead and Victoria Central Health Centre in Wallasey.

The Trust acknowledges responsibility under the Modern Slavery Act and will ensure transparency within the organisation.  The Trust has well established and robust recruitment and vetting procedures however at this time it cannot provide assurances that suppliers operate to the same high ethical standards and code of conduct .

In August 2016 the Trust wrote to all suppliers requesting them to affirm their compliance with the legislation. This will now be undertaken on an annual basis. Additional provisions will be built into the Trust’s procurement and tendering processes to ensure Suppliers are compliant with the requirement of the Act. Where frameworks are used to satisfy the Trust’s requirement for goods, works or services Procurement will work with the framework providers to ensure that similar provisions prevail.

The Trust’s Procurement team (Buyers) are all members of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and uphold the CIPS code of professional  and ethical conduct and practice. This high level approach will be strengthened in supply chain categories identified as being more likely to employ forced labour (agricultural, construction, food processing, hospitality industries and in factories).

The Trust will continue to follow good practice, ensuring all reasonable steps are taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking within its supply chain and will monitor and review its approach via the Trusts Procurement Strategy.”

The Board of Directors has considered and approved this statement and will continue to support the requirements of the legislation.

 

Michael Carr                                                               David Allison

Chairman                                                                    Chief Executive          

 

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