The Modern Slavery Act 2015 has introduced changes in UK law focused on increasing transparency in supply chains, to ensure our supply chains are free from modern slavery (that is, slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking). As both a local leader in commissioning health care services for the population of Birmingham and Solihull and as an employer, NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) provides the following statement in respect of its commitment to, and efforts in, preventing slavery and human trafficking practices in the supply chain and employment practices.
NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG considers human trafficking and slavery to be morally abhorrent, and entirely at odds with the CCG’s values, as well as those of the society in which we live and work. The CCG will use the legislative and procedural tools available to us to ensure that the CCG does not support or encourage any person or organisation involved in these practices, and where possible, we will use those tools to ensure that such people and organisations are detected and dealt with by the authorities.
NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group is the largest clinically- led commissioning organisation in England.
We are responsible for buying health services for 1.3 million people in Birmingham and Solihull, and our budget is around £2 billion.
Our ambition is to ensure the best possible and world class healthcare outcomes for everyone in Birmingham and Solihull, whilst upholding our values as a CCG.
Our priorities are to:
- Tackle and reduce health inequalities
- Rebalance investment in health care from crisis management to prevention and early action
- Achieve closer integration between health and social
Patients are at the heart of everything we do, and we actively encourage people living in Birmingham and Solihull to get involved and help us shape our plans. We also work with a network of other NHS organisations, independent providers, over 225 GP practices and the third sector, including neighbouring CCGs for people living in West Birmingham.
Our commitment to prevent slavery and human trafficking
The Governing Body, Senior Leadership Team and all employees are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business activity and in so far as is possible to holding our suppliers to account to do likewise.
Our overall approach will be governed by compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements and the maintenance and development of good practice in the fields of contracting and employment.
Our policies and arrangements
Our recruitment processes adhere to safe recruitment principles. This includes strict requirements in respect of identity checks, work permits and criminal records.
Our policies, including those around Bullying and Harassment at Work, Dignity at Work, Equality and Diversity and Whistleblowing, provide an additional platform for our employees to raise concerns about poor working practices.
When procuring goods and services, we apply NHS Terms and Conditions (for non- clinical procurement) and the NHS Standard Contract (for clinical procurement). Both require suppliers to comply with relevant legislation.
During 2020/21, we will continue to raise awareness of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 internally and as part of all procurement processes we will request all providers to set out evidence of their plans and arrangements to prevent slavery in their activities and supply chain.
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 CCG until it becomes the Integrated Care Board 1st July 2022.