All clinical or non-clinical staff within the Trust have a
responsibility to consider issues regarding modern slavery and
incorporate their understanding of these issues into their day to
day practice. In agreement with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, County
Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is committed to
preventing acts of modern slavery i.e. human trafficking and
slavery within both its business and supply chain. Following this,
the Trust imposes those high standards on its suppliers.
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 commercial activities. In compliance with the
consolidation of offences relating to trafficking and slavery
within the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the Trust is constantly
reviewing its supply chains when procuring, in particular where the
Trust Group undertake their own procurement processes.
To date we have reviewed our supply chain and identified general
potential areas of risk including:
• Provision of Food
• Linen & Clothing (Work Wear)
When undertaking our own procurement processes the Trust asks
bidding suppliers to confirm if they are a commercial organisation
as defined in Section 54 ("Transparency in supply chains etc.") of
the Modern Slavery Act 2015 ("the Act"). If they answer yes to this
question they are asked if they are compliant with the annual
reporting requirements contained within Section 54 of the Act 2015.
Such self-declarations are endorsed within the Public Contracts
Regulations (PCR) 2015. Should there be any concerns with their
self-declaration the responsible procurement officer will
investigate accordingly. In addition, Procurement work with
suppliers to identify and minimise ethical issues in supply chains
by investigating abnormally low bids in line with the PCR 2015 and
challenging the status quo, including but not limited to:
Modern Slavery and ethical procurement are embedded in the
Trust's Sustainable Procurement Policy.
To ensure all procurement staff have the necessary knowledge and
skills to identify and raise any concerns every member of the team
is required to undertake Ethics eLearning and must pass an Ethics
Test via the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
on an annual basis.
Further information on Modern Day Slavery can be found by
slavery - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
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