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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 5,600-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 Bebington.  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 will be writing to all suppliers requesting them to affirm their compliance with the legislation. Additional provisions will be built into the Trust’s procurement and tendering processes to ensure Suppliers are compliant with the requirement of the Act. Internal audit undertake an annual audit on financial control as part of their audit plan. The audit includes a statutory compliance element. In future this will include the modern slavery and human trafficking act requirements.

The Trust will raise awareness amongst its staff of slavery and trafficking and national contracts are being amended to take into account the requirements.

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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