Modern Slavery Act 2015 – Statutory Statement

5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust was formed in April 2002 and is a specialist provider of adult and older adult mental health (AMH & OPS), learning disabilities (LD), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHs) and Forensic Services (FS). In April 2011 the Trust took on the provision of community care services in the Knowsley Borough which was originally part of the PCT provider arm of Knowsley, Greater Merseyside. The Trust serves a population of just under a million people.

The Trust employs around 3,300 staff and has an annual income of £150 million. The Trust is proud to provide a wide & diverse range of services operating across the 5 Boroughs of; Warrington; Halton; St Helens; Wigan & Knowsley.

Services are provided in a wide variety of settings, in patients’ homes, day centres, health centres, outpatient clinics, local authority premises and inpatient units. More specialised care is provided by the psychiatric intensive care unit and forensic services.

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 our commercial activities. We therefore expect that all suppliers to the Trust adhere to the same ethical principles, which have been drawn up within this Supplier Code of Conduct and have Policies and Procedures in place to ensure that the appropriate adherence to these policies is maintained.

In compliance with the consolidation of offences relating to trafficking and slavery within the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the Trust is currently reviewing its supply chains with a view to confirming that such behaviour is not taking place.

To date we have:

  • Reviewed our supply chain and identified general the potential higher areas of risk, including:
    • Provision of food services
    • Construction
    • Cleaning
    • Clothing (work wear)
  • Identified our key supplier base from the above categories in addition to utilising spend analysis to produce a list of all relevant suppliers with a spend value of over £40,000 per annum
  • Introduced a ‘Supplier Code of Conduct’ that requires the identified existing 5BP supplier base to confirm their compliance to the Act
  • Adapted the 5BP ‘New Supplier Form’ to identify suppliers that will need to comply with the process
  • Added evidence gathering questions into our tendering process.
Additional advice and training about slavery and human trafficking is available to staff through the Safeguarding Team.


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