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East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is committed to applying the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity throughout its operations. We are also committed to delivering the highest standards of patient care and hence are focused on safeguarding the funds needed for this.

Bribery is defined within the Bribery Act 2010 as the giving or receiving of a financial or other advantage in exchange for improperly performing a relevant function or activity.

Under no circumstances is the giving, offering, receiving or soliciting of a bribe acceptable, and the Trust will not tolerate this in any form. This applies to all staff and non-executives, together with any external agents working or acting on behalf of the Trust.

The Trust’s zero tolerance approach to bribery, and commitment to the Bribery Act 2010, is set out in further detail within the Counter Fraud and Anti-Bribery Policy, and across a range of other Trust policies and procedural documentation. All staff, non-executives and other relevant parties are responsible for familiarising themselves with the requirements surrounding this and for complying with these at all times.

Any instances of non-compliance will be dealt with firmly and, in addition to possible internal disciplinary action, it is noted that a criminal offence under the Bribery Act 2010 could lead to up to 10 years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

With regard to external parties, we will not do business with anyone who does not support the Trust’s anti-bribery commitments, and we reserve the right to terminate any existing contracts where there is evidence that acts of bribery have been committed.

If you are in any doubt as to whether any conduct could amount to bribery, or if you have any concerns or suspicions regarding bribery being committed, please refer to the contact details within the Trust’s Counter Fraud and Anti-Bribery Policy, or the Whistleblowing Policy. Such a response is critical to the success of the Trust’s anti-bribery measures and we will support anyone raising an issue, provided that you are acting in good faith.

Dr Adrian Bull
Chief Executive

Within 28 days of an appointment being made, NHS Trusts are required to publish a notice to name the appointed external auditor; the length of the appointment; the advice, or a summary of the advice received from the auditor panel; and, where it has not accepted that advice, the reasons why not.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has appointed a local external auditor in line with the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. Following due process Grant Thornton LLP has been appointed for a period of five years commencing 1st April 2017. The appointment was made on the advice of an Auditor Appointment Panel who agreed the procurement process followed and recommended the appointment of the preferred bidder following evaluation. The Trust Board accepted the recommendation of the Panel and agreed the appointment at its meeting on 14th December 2016.

Board of Directors’ Statement of Commitment to the principles of the code of practice for the prevention and control of health care association infections.

The successful management, prevention and control of infection is recognised by the Trust as a key factor in the quality and safety of the care of our patients and those in the local health community and in the safety and wellbeing of our staff and visitors.

The board has collective responsibility for infection, prevention and control including minimising the risks of infection.

The board receives assurance that the Trust has mechanisms in place for minimising the risks of infection by means of the Trust Infection Prevention and Control Group and the Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC). Assurance is provided by reports, audit reports, root cause analysis reports and verbal presentations from the DIPC.

The Trust Infection Prevention and Control Group is chaired by the DIPC. It is a sub-committee of the Board of Directors and the Board receives its minutes, annual report and exception reports. It has terms of reference and produces an annual plan, which are approved by the Board via the Quality and Safety Committee.

The DIPC is appointed by the board and reports directly to the Chief Executive and the Board. The post holder is a member of the Trust Senior Leaders Forum and produces an annual report. The DIPC is assisted in discharging the relevant Board level responsibilities by the Medical Director.

The Board is committed to the exemplary application of infection control practice within all areas of the Trust. To this end the Board will ensure that all staff are provided with access to infection control advice with a fully resourced infection control and occupational health service, access to personal protective equipment and training and policies that provide up-to-date infection control knowledge and care practices. Individual and corporate responsibility for infection control will be stipulated as appropriate in all job descriptions with individual compliance monitored annually through the appraisal systems and personal development plans.

The policies in place in the Trust and the arrangements set out above are to encourage, support and foster a culture of Clinical Unit responsibility for the prevention and control of infection in practice, with the aim of continually improving the quality and safety of patient care.

The Trust’s policies and practices in respect of infection prevention and control accord with the aims and objectives in national policy and strategy. This is aimed at ensuring the full confidence of the local population in the quality of care that the Trust delivers.

July 2016

Declaration of compliance

We are proud to confirm that our hospitals are compliant with the requirements of same sex accommodation. We are committed to providing every patient with same sex accommodation, because it helps to safeguard their privacy and dignity when they are often at their most vulnerable.

Patients who are admitted to any of our hospitals will only share the room where they are cared for with members of the same sex. In addition same sex toilets and bathrooms will be close to their bed area.

Sharing with members of the opposite sex will only happen by exception based on the best interests of the person e.g. where specialist skills or equipment are needed such as critical care units.

What does this mean for patients?

Patients admitted to our hospitals can expect to be provided with accommodation in a room that only accommodates people of the same sex. There will be same sex toilet and wash facilities nearby.

If you need help to use the toilet or take a bath (eg you need a hoist or special bath) then you may be taken to a “unisex” bathroom used by both men and women, but a member of staff will be with you to ensure your privacy is maintained.

It is possible that there will be both men and women patients on the ward, but they will not share your sleeping area. You may have to cross a ward corridor to reach your bathroom, but you will not have to walk through opposite-sex areas.

You may share some communal space, such as day rooms or dining rooms, and it is very likely that you will see both men and women patients as you move around the hospital e.g. on your way to an x ray.

It is probable that visitors of the opposite gender will come into the room where your bed is, and this may include patients visiting each other.

It is almost certain that both male and female nurses, doctors and other staff will come into your bed area.

The NHS will not turn patients away just because a “right-sex” bed is not immediately available.

How will we measure success?

Every day we will make an assessment of all our hospitals and review any incident where same sex accommodation has not been provided. Should this occur it will be rectified as soon as possible. This information will be reported to and monitored by senior management and Trust Board in conjunction with feedback from patient experience surveys.

Patient experience surveys are conducted on discharge of patients and include questions on privacy and dignity that refer to single sex accommodation.

In addition our internal policy will monitor and promote single sex accommodation through regular reporting processes.

All these processes will be reported to and monitored by the clinical board and trust board.

Future plans

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is committed to delivering single sex accommodation.

All future developments of our estate will be required to meet single sex accommodation requirements.

Our immediate priority is to ensure that all toilet and washing facilities are increased to maintain compliance.

To date the Trust has invested in a number of projects to enhance privacy and dignity across it sites. Most recently we have redeveloped a ward on the Eastbourne site to increase the number of single rooms with en suite facilities. Following evaluation of the design it is our intention to expand this project on a rolling programme across both acute sites.

What do you do if you think you are in mixed sex accommodation?

We want to know about your experiences

If you have any concerns or queries please feel free to discuss this with the nurse in charge of your area or our Patient Advice and Liasion team.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust proposes to address the Audit Commission’s National Fraud Initiative as follows:

The Trust is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Audit Commission appoints the auditor to audit the accounts of this Trust. It is also responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it indicates that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

The Audit Commission currently requires this Trust to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Audit Commission for matching for each exercise, and these are set out in the Audit Commission’s guidance, which can be found at www.audit-commission.gov.uk/nfi

The use of data by the Audit Commission in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 2A of the Audit Commission Act 1998. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Audit Commission is subject to a Code of Practice. This may be found at www.audit-commission.gov.uk/nfi/codeofdmp.asp

For further information on the Audit Commission’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information, see www.audit-commission.gov.uk/nfi/fptext.asp

For further information on data matching at this Trust, contact Stephen Hoaen, Head of Financial Services, Tel: (01424) 755470 Ext: 2311.

As far as the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Finance Purchase Ledger is concerned inclusion of this notice is all that is required to address the issue of disclosure.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Board are fully committed to providing the highest standards of child protection and have undertaken a review in light of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) review.

The trust board is confident that the organisation meets the recommendations stated within the review and makes the following declaration as requested by the Department of Health.

  • The Trust meets the statutory requirements in relation to the Criminal Records Bureau checks. The Trust has a fully implemented Recruitment and Selection policy in place. The policy sets out the process for criminal records checks which the Trust will undertake for the appointment and ongoing employment of all relevant individuals within the Trust.
  • Child protection policies and systems are up-to-date and robust, including a process for following up children who miss outpatient appointments and a system for flagging children for who there are safeguarding concerns. The Trust Child Protection policies are regularly reviewed providing information and assurance to the Board of Directors.
  • The Trust provides safeguarding children training at level 1 to all staff during their induction to the organisation and level 2 training to all patient/client facing staff who may be in regular contact with children, young people and their parents. In addition Level 3 training is provided to staff who work predominantly with children, young people and parents. Regular updates of level 2 and 3 training are provided as per our Safeguarding Children Training Strategy.
  • The Trust has named professionals who lead on issues in relation to safeguarding. They are clear about their role, have sufficient time and receive relevant support, supervision and training to undertake these roles.
  • There is a Board level Executive Director for safeguarding. The Board reviews safeguarding across the organisation at least once a year and has robust audit programmes in place to assure it that safeguarding systems and processes are working effectively.

The Board of Directors takes the issue of safeguarding extremely seriously and receives an annual report on safeguarding children issues.

  • We keep information about you to give you the best possible care.
  • We may keep your information on paper and on computer.
  • Your information is only accessed by staff authorised to see it.
  • We keep your information secure, and you can ask to see your information, and request a copy (a fee may be payable).
  • You may be asked to check your personal details – this is to make sure our records are correct.

By law

  • We comply with the Data Protection Act.
  • Everyone working with the NHS and partner agencies (eg, social services) must keep your information safe.
  • Everyone must keep your information secure and share it only when necessary.
  • We may have to inform other agencies of some conditions.
  • You have the right to discuss how we use and share your information.

We may use some of the information we hold about you to

  • Inform other staff (if appropriate) involved in your healthcare, eg, your GP or social services.
  • Make sure your care is of a high standard.
  • Evaluate and plan services.
  • Help train staff and support research.
  • Receive payment for your care.

We only use the minimum amount of information needed for each purpose.