Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Introduction from the Governing Body 

Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to improving practices to combat modern slavery and human trafficking.

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 financial year ending Thursday 31 March 2022.

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 Manchester as an employer, Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group (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.

Organisation Structure

As an authorised statutory body, Manchester CCG is the lead commissioner for health care services (including acute, community, mental health) in the Manchester area covering a population in excess of 553,000.

Manchester CCG’s objectives are to:

  • Improve the health and well-being of people in Manchester
  • Strengthen the social determinants of health and promote healthy lifestyles
  • Ensure services are safe, equitable and of a high standard with less variation
  • Enable people and communities to be active partners in their health and well-being
  • Achieve a sustainable system

Our commitment to prevent slavery and human trafficking

The Governing Body, Executive Team, wider management 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 approach

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 are highly mature – requiring practices that adhere to safe recruitment principles. This includes strict requirements in respect of identity checks, work permits and criminal records.

Our policies such as Bullying and Harassment at Work policy, Individual Grievance policy, Equality and Diversity policy and Whistleblowing policy provide an additional platform for our employees to raise concerns about poor working practices.

Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group’s procurement policy sets out how we will procure goods and services within the requirements of procurement regulation and legislation.

When contracting for goods and services, we apply NHS Terms and Conditions for non-clinical procurement and the NHS Standard Contract for clinical procurement. Each requires suppliers to comply with relevant legislation.

During 2021/22, 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.

Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group fully recognises that combating modern slavery and human trafficking requires a coordinated, collaborative and long-term approach. We will continue to review our internal processes and monitor the effectiveness of our actions against modern slavery and human trafficking.

Furthermore, we will continue to work in partnership with multi-agency partners locally and contribute and influence the work of NHS England regionally and nationally on the Modern Slavery Agenda.

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 financial year ending 31 March 2022.

Ian Williamson Chief Accountable Officer