This statement comprises the slavery and human trafficking statement of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (‘LPT’) for the financial year ending 31st March 2021 in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Our organisation recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking and is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
LPT provides community health and mental health support to over 1 million people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. LPT employs over 5500 staff (including ‘bank’ or temporary staff) who provide care through three clinical directorates:
- Adult mental health services
- Families, young people and children’s services and adult learning disabilities services
- Community health services
The clinical directorates are supported by enabling and corporate services staff, alongside our hosted service providers (Leicester Health Informatics and 360 Assurance) and around 500 volunteers.
During 2019-20 LPT provided and/or subcontracted 98 relevant health services.
Procurement and Supply Chains
Our procurement activities include a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) which includes a mandatory exclusion question regarding the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Any suppliers who declare that they do not comply with the legislation will be excluded or disqualified from the procurement process. Additionally, when procuring goods and services, we apply NHS Terms and Conditions (for non-clinical procurement) and NHS Standard Contract (for clinical procurement) both of which require suppliers to comply with relevant legislation.
LPT has established a database of all Modern Slavery Act statements supplied by all eligible suppliers
LPT takes a robust approach in recruiting both its substantive and flexible workforce. We communicate directly with all candidates to discuss any work opportunities and to confirm details of any offer made. We have rigorous procedures in place for the vetting of new employees and workers and ensure that we are able to confirm their identities, their right to work in the United Kingdom and that they are paid above the National Living Wage directly into a personal bank account.
All employees and workers are required to meet with someone from the organisation in person and provide us with their original Right to Work in the United Kingdom documentation for certification and verification. For any employee or worker with a work permit or visa, we carry out regular audits and management of these documents to ensure they remain valid. All new corporate starters are required to complete an induction which includes information and training on the company policies.
When using employment agencies, we only use specific reputable companies to source workers and always verify their practices in the first instance.
Freedom to Speak Up: Raising Concerns (Whistleblowing) Policy
We encourage all our employees and workers to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of the Organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. LPT’s Freedom to Speak Up: Raising Concerns (Whistleblowing) Policy is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation. The policy encourages people to raise concerns directly with their Line Manager or the HR Department, but also contains contact details of an independent charity and the NHS Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line should an employee wish to seek independent advice on a concern that may have.
In addition, LPT’s e-learning module on Equality and Diversity includes training on the awareness of human trafficking and forced labour and provides advice on what to do if this is suspected. The module is mandatory for all new starters and must be repeated every 3 years. Participation is monitored and reported on. At 1 August 2020, the overall compliance rate for this training was 96.9%.
During the financial year 2020/2021 LPT will:
- Continue the programme of validation for all suppliers as an embedded part of annual reporting by LPT
- Maintain a central, shared, e-filing space which allows all Trust activity to be monitored and audited
- Carry out on-going assessment of contracts which have the highest risk of modern slavery
- Use the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) to support assurance that suppliers comply with the Modern Slavery Act
- To include a Modern Slavery Act clause in our standard terms and conditions
Signed on behalf of LPT by Sarah Willis, Director of HR and OD