Declarations and Statements
The Trust is committed to actively promoting the safety, health and wellbeing of children and adults, and to prevent harm through effective risk assessment, risk management, staff training and supervision processes. The Trust works in partnership with other agencies in each locality where the Trust has services, and through the use of approved multi-agency policies and procedures refers and investigates known or suspected cases as required.
The Trust has up to date policies and procedures for safeguarding children and adults which are available via the staff intranet. The Trust also have up to date information for clinicians on the process and contact points for safeguarding Services.
In order to provide ongoing assurance regarding safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, an annual declaration is required to be submitted to the Trust commissioners. This indicates compliance against a number of key statements. The assessment against the statements has been carried out in conjunction with key Trust staff, including the named nurses and safeguarding adult lead practitioners..
Specifically with regard to safeguarding children the Trust completes a Section 11 audit for each of the Trust’s main localities. These are completed in conjunction with and reported to the local safeguarding children boards.
The Trust produces an Annual Report each year to provide information on how we are performing with Safeguarding Adults and Safeguarding Children. The Trust's annual report is available here.
Annual Self-Certification (June 2020)
The Trust Board, at its meeting on 24 June, considered that for the financial year ended 31 March 2020 the Trust had taken all such precautions as were necessary in order to comply with the conditions of its licence, any requirements imposed on it under the NHS Acts, and had had regard to the NHS Constitution. The Board also declared that the Trust continues to meet the criteria for holding a licence.
Eliminating mixed sex accommodation
Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to confirm that we are compliant with the government’s requirement “to eliminate mixed sex accommodation except where it is the overall best interest of the patient, or reflects the patients choice” (NHS operates framework for 2011/12).
We have the necessary facilities, resources and culture to ensure that patients who are admitted to our hospitals are treated with respect and dignity and that the EMSA is adhered to.
Evidence of compliance includes monthly reports of any breaches via the risk management strategy and the privacy and dignity policy. The wards have been up-graded to reflect D.O.H. guidance which include women only lounges and segregated sleeping accommodation, where possible.
All areas have had a privacy and dignity annual audit and action plans to identify minor concerns, these do not breach guidance but will improve patient experience.
Family and Friends test is implemented throughout the Trust
- To continue with annual audit programme
- To continue to monitor adverse incidents
- To review EMSA annual audit via the Trust-wide clinical environmental risk group meeting
- To review any feedback from the family and friends test as appropriate
Slavery and Human Trafficking Annual Policy Statement
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015
- Organisational Structure
The Trust provides a wide range of health and social care services across a large geographical area that includes Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Yorkshire and provides specialist mental health services to people from across the UK.
We became a foundation trust ten years ago. We employ approximately 2,500 substantive staff who work at numerous at sites and locations across our catchment area throughout the East Riding, Hull and Whitby.
We are committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or any part of our business activity. Our commitment is covered by our approach to modern slavery and human trafficking, which is part of our safeguarding strategy and arrangements.
Our commitment to ensure no modern slavery is reflected in a number of our policies and procedures including:
- Adults and Children Safeguarding policies - through these we address modern slavery issues with level three training and also provide e-learning as a stand-alone training module for modern slavery.
- Raising Concerns and Freedom to Speak Up Policy - this policy reminds anyone who works (or has worked) in the NHS, or for an independent organisation that provides NHS services that they are able to raise concerns - this includes agency workers, temporary workers, students, volunteers, sub-contractors and governors.
We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all directly employed staff, and agencies on approved frameworks are audited to provide assurance that pre-employment clearance has been obtained for agency staff, to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will
Procurement and Supply Chains
When procuring goods and services we apply NHS Terms and Conditions, a contract condition within the terms is compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. All suppliers must comply with this as well as all relevant law and guidance and they are required to use good industry practice to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its supply chain. It is also a requirement that they should notify the Trust immediately if it becomes aware of any actual or suspected incidents of slavery or human trafficking in its supply chains.Our Arrangements to prevent slavery and human trafficking
The Bribery Act 2010 – Statement from the Chief Executive
The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. The aim of the Act is to tackle bribery and corruption in both the private and public sector.
As a NHS organisation we follow good NHS Business Practice and have robust controls in place to prevent bribery. However, as a Trust we cannot afford to be complacent and it is important that all our employees, contractors and agents comply with Trust policies and procedures, particularly with regard to procurement and sponsorship.
It is essential that everyone working for, or on behalf of, the Trust are aware of the standards of behaviour expected of them. These standards are enshrined in Trust Policy, setting out the ethics, professional conduct and probity standards that are expected of all Foundation Trust employees in relation to their standards of business conduct. The Trust is working with its staff to raise awareness of the Act.
One of the six principles of the Act is that there is top level commitment in the organisation to the prevention of bribery. The Board of Directors at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust is committed to this and will discuss the Act at its Board meetings, to agree ways to communicate the importance of transparency and openness at all times. A Board member has been identified as the lead person in the organisation for the prevention of bribery. On behalf of the Trust I confirm our commitment to ensuring that all staff are aware of their responsibilities in relation to the prevention of Bribery.
Register of Gifts and Hospitality (RoGH)
RoGH - April 2018 to March 2019
RoGH - April 2019 to March 2020