Modern slavery act statement

We are one of the leading neurological rehabilitation providers in the South East, serving the population nationally. We employ over 200 staff, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and many other healthcare professionals.

We procure goods and services from a range of providers. Contracts vary from small one-off purchases to large service contracts.

Preventing slavery and human trafficking

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 to social and environmental responsibility is covered by our approach to modern slavery and human trafficking, which is part of the overall safeguarding arrangements.

Formal statement for 2018/19

Current policies and initiatives

The Raphael Hospital Group supports the Government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking and recognises the significant role that the health and care sector has to play in both combatting it, and supporting victims. In particular, we are strongly committed to ensuring our supply chains and business activities are free from ethical and labour standards abuses. Steps taken to date include:

 

People

  • We confirm the identities of all new employees and their right to work in the United Kingdom, and pay all our employees above the National Living Wage
  • Our policies, HR practices and internal reporting mechanisms serve as a platform to raise concerns about poor working practices

 

Whistleblowing and raising concerns

  • We actively promote the raising of concerns and take appropriate action. We have various assurance mechanisms that support and promote incident reporting and have an open-door policy in-place to make senior managers more accessible. We investigate all concerns and offer relevant support to those involved and those reporting

 

Procurement and our supply chain

  • Our procurement approach follows the Crown Commercial Service standards and we endeavour to collect information from suppliers in order to seek assurance that they comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • When procuring goods and services, we additionally apply terms and conditions and relevant contracts that require suppliers to comply with relevant legislation and/or seek appropriate assurance that they comply with the legislation

 

Review of effectiveness

We intend to take further steps to identify, assess and monitor potential risk areas pertaining to modern slavery and human trafficking, particularly in our supply chains.

In 2018/19, we aim to:

  • Support our staff to understand and respond to modern slavery and human trafficking, and the impact that each and every individual working in the health and care sector can have in keeping present and potential future victims safe
  • Formalise terms and conditions and contracts to include stipulations regarding modern slavery and human trafficking in conducting contact management exercises to ensure ongoing compliance of suppliers
Modern slavery act – Section 54

Section 54 of the modern slavery act details the following:

  • (4) A slavery and human trafficking statement for a financial year is—
    • (a) a statement of the steps the organisation has taken during the financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place—
    • (i) in any of its supply chains, and
    • (ii) in any part of its own business, or
    • (b) a statement that the organisation has taken no such steps.
  • (5) An organisation’s slavery and human trafficking statement may include information about—
    • (a) the organisation’s structure, its business and its supply chains;
    • (b) its policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking;
    • (c) its due diligence processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains;
    • (d) the parts of its business and supply chains where there is a risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place, and the steps it has taken to assess and manage that risk;
    • (e) its effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its business or supply chains, measured against such performance indicators as it considers appropriate;
    • (f) the training about slavery and human trafficking available to its staff.

 

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 last financial year.