Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

 

This statement comprises the slavery and human trafficking statement of NHS Professionals Ltd (the organisation) for the financial year ending 31st March 2020 in accordance with Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

 

The organisation recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking and is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

 


 

Organisational Structure

 

The organisation is the leading provider of managed flexible worker services to the NHS, with more than 100,000 flexible workers registered with it working in a variety of roles in our client Trusts, including general and specialist nurses, doctors, administrative and other healthcare professionals.  In addition, the organisation has over 600 corporate employees employed to help support its flexible worker services.

 

The organisation has a permanent presence within the United Kingdom.  Whilst it does not have any permanent presence within other countries, it does carry out international recruitment activity, primarily in Asia and the Middle East and has a diverse workforce with employees and workers from around the world.

 


 

Procurement and Supply Chains

 

Our procurement activities include a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) which includes a mandatory exclusion question regarding the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  Any suppliers who declare that they do not comply with the legislation will be excluded or disqualified from the procurement process.

 

Additionally, when procuring goods and services, we apply NHS Terms and Conditions which requires suppliers to comply with legislation,

 



 

Recruitment

 

The organisation takes a robust approach in recruiting both its corporate and flexible workforce.  We communicate directly with all candidates, to discuss any work opportunities and to confirm details of any offer made.  We have robust procedures in place for the vetting of new employees and workers and ensure that we are able to confirm their identities, their right to work in the United Kingdom and that they are paid directly into an appropriate, personal bank account.

 

All employees and workers are required to meet with someone from the organisation in person and provide us with their original Right to Work in the United Kingdom documentation for certification and verification.  For any employee or worker with a work permit or visa, we carry out regular audits and management of these documents to ensure they remain valid.

 


 

Whistleblowing Policy

 

The organisation encourages all its employees and workers to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of the Organisation.  The Organisation’s Whistleblowing Policy is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation.  The policy encourages people to raise concerns directly with their Line Manager or the HR Department, but also contains contact details of an independent charity and the NHS Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line should an employee wish to seek independent advice on a concern that may have.

 

Our large pool of flexible workers are also reminded and made aware of the NHS Whistleblowing Helpline via organisational newsletters that are sent to them.

 


 

Colin's Signature 

 

Colin McCready

Chief Executive, NHS Professionals