Modern Slavery Act Statement

Modern Slavery Act Statement 

Our organisation:
The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is a 960 bed teaching hospital with state of-the-art facilities for modern patient care. The Trust works closely with the University of East Anglia’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to train health professionals and undertake clinical research. Cromer Hospital on the North Norfolk coast is also a very Important Trust facility for providing high volumes of care to the relatively isolated, predominantly older population of North Norfolk.

The Trust has more than 7,810 staff who care for and support patients who are referred by around 100 local GP practices and from other acute hospitals and from GPs around the country. The Trust also has a team of 600 dedicated and active volunteers involved in providing support to patients and staff across both the NNUH and Cromer Hospital. There is a range of more specialist services such as cancer care and radiotherapy, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, rheumatology

children’s medicine and surgery, specialist care for sick and premature babies. The hospital has world class facilities, highly skilled staff and low infection rates. The Trust was authorised as an NHS Foundation Trust on 1 May 2008 in accordance with the National Health Service Act 2006. The NHS Foundation Trust succeeded the NHS Trust formed in 1994. The NNUH is one of the busiest teaching hospitals in England, serving a population of over 900,000.

Arrangements to prevent slavery and human trafficking:
The Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital supports the Government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking and recognises the significant role the NHS 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:

Our arrangements:


  • 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 Freedom to Speak Up: Raising Concerns Policy, Provides a platform for our employees to raise concerns about poor working practices.
  • We undertake awareness training to support our staffing teams to understand and respond to modern slavery and human trafficking. Including how to identify potential victims and the impact that each employee at the NNUH can have on keeping present and potential future victims of modern slavery and human trafficking safe.
  • Trust staff will contact and work with the Procurement department when looking to work with suppliers, so that appropriate checks can be undertaken.

Our commitment to ensure no modern slavery is reflected in a number of our policies and procedures. These include our Adults and Children Safeguarding Policy and the Procurement Strategy.

The Trust complies with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and uses mandatory Crown Commercial Services (CCS) Pre-Qualification Questionnaire on procurement, which exceed the prescribed threshold, whereby bidders are required to confirm their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act.  Our procurement team and contracting team are qualified and experienced in managing healthcare contracts and have received the appropriate briefing on the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which includes:

  • Confirming compliance of their plans and arrangements to prevent slavery in their activities and supply chain.
  • Implementing any relevant clauses contained within the Standard NHS Contract.
  • We will not award or renew contracts where suppliers do not demonstrate their commitment to ensuring that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in their own business or supply chains.
  • We will adopt best practice advice by The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

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 2019/20.