North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG fully supports the Government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking and recognises the significant role the NHS has to play in both combatting it and supporting victims.
In particular, we are strongly committed to ensuring our supply chains and business activities are free from ethical and labour standards abuses. Steps taken to date include:
- We confirm the identities of all new employees and their right to work in the United Kingdom, and pay all our employees above the National Living Wage.
- Our Human Resources Policies for staff include Dignity and Respect at Work and Grievance Procedure.
- Although North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG is not currently a prescribed organisation under the Public Interest Disclosure Act (1998), in 2013 NHS England advised CCG Clinical Leaders and Accountable Officers that since the introduction of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA), whistle-blowers have been legally protected when making public interest disclosures. It notes that whistleblowing is an important part of CCG governance and patient safety systems, with direct implications for patient safety outcomes. North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG has a Whistleblowing and Concerns Policy to support staff to raise concerns, and where relevant provide protection under the Public Interest Disclosure Act (1998). The policy states that staff must not suffer any detrimental treatment as a result of raising a concern in good faith, in accordance with the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.
- When procuring goods and services, we additionally apply NHS Terms and Conditions (for non-clinical procurement) and the NHS Standard Contract (for clinical procurement). Both require suppliers to comply with relevant legislation.
- Our safeguarding Adults Policy highlights modern slavery and human trafficking as a form of abuse and this is included in staff training.
- We are engaged in the Hampshire multiagency partnership for Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.