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Modern Slavery Act

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Act 2015 Annual Statement 2019

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 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.

The Trust has previously written to all suppliers to raise awareness of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and advising them of the requirement to comply with the legislation. This general communication with the Trust’s suppliers will continue to be undertaken on an annual basis.

Additional provisions will be built into the Trust’s procurement and tendering processes to ensure that potential suppliers confirm that they are compliant with the requirements of the Act. This will be done via a questionnaire to be completed at the time of tendering.

Contract terms and conditions refer explicitly to the need to comply fully with the terms of the Act and to inform the Trust if the Contractor becomes aware of any actual or suspected incidents of slavery or human trafficking in its own supply chains.  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.

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) and the Trust will undertake to further improve due diligence activity for those areas.

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.

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking training will be built into the Procurement Training Calendar.

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.