Salisbury Foundation Trust


Internal Reference Number: FOI_5271

Date Request Received: 03/09/2019 12:21:38

Date Request Replied To: 11/10/2019 13:46:29

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Request Summary: Section 54 (Transparency in Supply Chains) Modern Slavery Act 2015

Request Category: Campaigning organisation

Question Number 1:
Under section 54 (Transparency in Supply Chains) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, relevant commercial organisations must publish an annual statement setting out the steps they are taking to prevent modern slavery in their supply chains. This statement is referred to as a Modern Slavery Statement.

Is your authority’s supply chain checked for adherence to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015?
Not Sure
Other (please specify)
Answer To Question 1:
Other - No the Trust does not check directly for adherence however the Trust works closely with NHS Supply Chain and where possible procure goods through this route. NHS Supply Chain take active steps in managing Modern Slavery and conducts assessment using their Labour Standards Assurance System (LSAS)
Question Number 2:
In the calendar year 2017, how many suppliers in your supply chain did Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 apply to?
Answer To Question 2:
Information not held.
Question Number 3:
In the calendar year 2018, how many suppliers in your supply chain did Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 apply to?
Answer To Question 3:
Information not held.
Question Number 4:
How often are due diligence checks carried out in compliance with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act and by whom (job title)?
Answer To Question 4:
Information not held.
Question Number 5:
Which area of your supply chain do you think is particularly vulnerable to risks of modern slavery and human trafficking and what steps have you taken to manage these risks?
Answer To Question 5:
No steps have been taken to identify or manage these risks.
Question Number 6:
How compliant is your authority to enforcing the requirements of section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015?
Full compliance
Partial / some compliance
Not sure
Very little compliance
No compliance
Answer To Question 6:
Partial – the trust ensure that our suppliers adhere to this via our sourcing process. In addition, the Trust Includes relevant pass/fail criteria for all Procurement led tender processes.
Question Number 7:
Have there been any reports of incidents of Modern Slavery in your supply chain. If your answer is "yes" please provide details.
Not sure
Not applicable
If "Yes" provide details
Answer To Question 7:
Question Number 8:
How well do you think staff managing contracts on behalf of your authority are trained to spot and tackle Modern Slavery within your supply chain?
Answer To Question 8:
No training has been given to tackle this in the supply chain.
Question Number 9:
Name of Authority
Answer To Question 9:
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Question Number 10:
Does your authority publish a Modern Slavery statement? If "Yes", please provide a link to your Modern Slavery Statement otherwise enter "Not applicable" or "Not sure".
Answer To Question 10:
The organisation is not required to publish a modern slavery statement, please see below:

Home Office guidance indicates that pursuit of primarily charitable or educational aims or purely public functions does not necessarily exempt an organisation if it engages in commercial activities. However, discussions between the Department of Health and Home Office have established that NHS bodies are not considered to be carrying on a business where they are engaged in publicly funded activities and that it was not intended that such activities should be within the scope of the Act. Income earned by NHS providers from government sources, including clinical commissioning groups and local authorities, is considered to be publicly funded for this purpose.

As we do not have commercial or profit making activities that exceed £36m income the reporting requirements are not triggered
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