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Statutory information

As an NHS Trust we produce a range of documents to show how we meet and are working towards statutory targets and standards.

These include policies, reports and declarations that we make on an annual basis. These are in addition to the information that can be found in our annual report, quality account and other publications here and information on us produced by external bodies that can be found in our transparency section here.

Our foundation trust constitution sets out how we operate our foundation trust.

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Constitution

 

  • You can view the Health and Social Care Act 2012 changes to foundation trust obligations and to their terms of authorisation email from Monitor here.

In 2015 Monitor found the Trust to be in breach of its license as a result of worsening financial position (deficit) and failure to deliver the 4-hour standard over a number of months. In November 2017, NHS Improvement decided that following significant progress by the Trust across a number of areas to issue a full certificate of compliance with the terms of the Trust’s license.

NHS organisations need to declare how they are performing around ensuring that patients are treated in same sex accommodation. We are proud to confirm that mixed sex accommodation has been virtually eliminated in all our hospitals. You can access our declaration below.

Our declaration

The purpose of this strategy and underpinning operational policy is to ensure that the trust critically examines, and effectively manages, all risks to people, structures, reputation and any other issues, which could impact upon or compromise the ability of the trust to carry out its normal activities.

At Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WHH), we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all individuals who come into contact with our services. We recognise our responsibility to protect those who are at risk of harm, abuse, or exploitation, including children, young people, and adults. Safeguarding is a Care Quality Commission (CQC) standard and a duty at the centre of our daily business. The scope of safeguarding is wide reaching and incorporates all categories of abuse.

The Trust is committed to continually providing best practice standards in the delivery of a positive Safeguarding culture and considers this a fundamental component in providing a safe environment for staff, patients, and the public. The Trust’s mission is to be ‘outstanding for our patients, our communities and each other’, with a vision that ‘we will be a great place to receive healthcare, work and learn’. The embedding of safeguarding practices across the organisation are fundamental in achieving this. 

Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone and as such, we are duty bound to always act in the best interest of the patient. The Safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk in the NHS, accountability and assurance framework (2019) sets out the safeguarding roles, duties and responsibilities of all NHS organisations and is integral to the safeguarding agenda.

In recognition of the legislation as described in the Children Act 2014 and the Care Act 2014, WHH are supported by policies, Standard Operating Procedures, and risk assessments to ensure that all WHH staff are aware of how to discharge their safeguarding duties and responsibilities.

The Children Act 2014 and the Care Act 2014 requires the Trust to provide and maintain: 

  • Safeguarding Unborn Babies, Children and Young People Policy 
  • Safeguarding Adult at Risk Policy
  • Safeguarding Training and supervision
  • Processes to support recognition and response to safeguarding situations.
  • Information resources to support in their decision making.
  • Subject matter experts that are available to support safeguarding practice.

There are safeguarding reporting processes in place to provide assurance of compliance with proactive monitoring and triangulation through existing governance mechanisms which includes a monthly Safeguarding Steering Group. 

Named professionals and Safeguarding specialists provide expertise on safeguarding across the organisation. WHH has a robust safeguarding training programme which includes training on Safeguarding Children, Adults, Domestic Abuse, Mental Capacity Act, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and PREVENT. 

WHH are committed to partnership working and is a key member of Safeguarding Children Partnership Boards and Safeguarding Adult Boards for Warrington and Halton.  The Trust contributes to National and Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews, Safeguarding Adults Reviews, Domestic Homicide Reviews and other multi agency reviews; developing action plans and monitoring their implementation through the Safeguarding Steering Group. 

WHH has a clear process for ensuring that anyone working with children and adults who may be at risk have had a DBS check before they start work. Recruitment and selection policies are in place to support all appointing officers. Trust policy requires that references are checked before an offer of employment is made. Training needs analysis are mapped to National Intercollegiate Guidance (when published) and delivered via a range of training options. WHH has a robust system in place for monitoring and ensuring compliance with training which is reported to the Quality Assurance Committee quarterly. 

WHH produce a Bi-Annual and Annual report which provides the Safeguarding Committee and Quality Assurance Committee with a summary of the safeguarding activity during the financial year. 

As well as the detailed information available in our monthly board reports on financial performance, we make available a list of monthly spend with our suppliers over £25k. We first published this information in July 2014 and update it each month.

You can view the latest summary below:

Spend by supplier May 2024

Historial data can be found here:

Spend by supplier April 2023 - March 2024

Spend by supplier April 2022- March 2023

Spend by supplier April 2021 - March 2022

Spend by supplier April 2020 - March 2021

Spend by supplier April 2019 - March 2020

Spend by supplier - April 2018 - March 2019

Our compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 can be found below:

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations data 2021-2022 click here

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations data 2020-2021 click here

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations data 2019-2020 click here

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations data 2018-2019 click here

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations data 2017 - 2018 click here

We would like to introduce our Patient Experience Strategy 2023 - 2025.

It is vital that we continue to learn from patient experience in order to further improve the high standards of care provided at our hospitals and the Trust is extremely proud of its work involving patients in decisions about services provided.

Our WHH community, both in our hospitals and externally, are pivotal in deciding what an ‘outstanding’ patient experience looks and feels like. Therefore, we pledge to actively seek, listen and act on feedback received from our patients, staff, and other key stakeholder groups.

This Patient Experience Strategy has been co-produced with our patients, our staff and our partners who have been asked “What matters to you?” and it reflects the needs of our local population.

Click on the picture below to access the virtual copy.

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