Our 2017/18 statement on Slavery and Human Trafficking was agreed by our board on 22 March 2018 and has been signed by our Chief Executive Officer.
Slavery and human trafficking statement for 2017-18
NHS Property Services brings property and facilities management expertise to the NHS estate, as both landlord and service provider. At a time of major change and increasing demand for the NHS, we are reducing costs, creating a more fit for purpose estate and generating vital funds that are being reinvested to support improvements in frontline patient care. The vast majority of our sites are used for clinical, local healthcare.
Current policies and initiatives
NHS Property Services fully supports the Government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking and recognises its role 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 our policies additionally give a platform for our employees to raise concerns about poor working practices.
Our staff can raise concerns about inappropriate activity with us directly and confidentially. We have assigned the responsibilities of a Raising Concerns Guardian to an executive member of our management team. We consider any concerns for further investigation and offer support to individuals that have suffered fiscal or professional detriment as a result of whistleblowing.
Procurement and our supply chain
Our procurement approach follows NHS Procurement and Commercial Standards – Towards Excellence (published July 2016). When procuring goods and services, we expect our suppliers to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and have inserted statements to support this into NHSPS standard terms and conditions.
Review of effectiveness
In 2017-18, our anti-slavery programme:
- supported our staff to understand and respond to modern slavery and human trafficking, and the impact that every individual working in our organisation can have in keeping present and potential future victims of modern slavery and human trafficking safe.
- ensured that all our staff have access to formal training on modern slavery and human trafficking which will provide the latest information and the skills to deal with it.
- worked with our customers and suppliers to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking are taken seriously and feature prominently in policy formation and decision making.
We intend to take further steps to identify, assess and monitor potential risk areas in terms of modern slavery and human trafficking, particularly in our supply chains.
Elaine Hewitt, Chief Executive Officer, NHS Property Services
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and applies to NHS Property Services Limited.