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 taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking.
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is a major provider of hospital and community health services in the North West Sector of Greater Manchester, delivering services from the Royal Bolton Hospital and also providing a wide range of community services from locations across Bolton. The Royal Bolton Hospital is a major hub within Greater Manchester for women’s and children’s services and is the second busiest ambulance receiving site in Greater Manchester. We employ approximately 6000 staff and in 2019/20 had a turnover of £364m.
All members of staff have a personal responsibility for the successful prevention of slavery and human trafficking. All staff are required to undertake level one adult safeguarding training which includes an awareness of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking.
The Trust is fully aware of the responsibilities it bears towards patients, employees and the local community and as such, we have a strict set of ethical values that we use as guidance with regard to our commercial activities. We therefore expect that all suppliers to the Trust adhere to the same ethical principles.
The Trust policies, procedures, governance and legal arrangements are robust, ensuring that proper checks and due diligence are applied in employment procedures to ensure compliance with this legislation. We also conform to the NHS employment check standards within our workforce recruitment and selection practices, including through our subsidiary organisation iFM Bolton and through any managed service provider contract arrangements.
The Trust employs solely within the UK and how we treat our employees is managed consistently across the Trust by the Human Resources Directorate. The Trust pays above the national living wage i.e. the minimum wage set by the Government.
Advice and training about slavery and human trafficking is available to staff through the Safeguarding Team.
The Board of Directors has considered and approved this statement and will continue to support the requirements of the legislation.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2023.