Versa Health’s Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

 

Introduction

This statement sets out Versa Health’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.

As part of the healthcare sector, we recognise that we have a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking.

Our organisation is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Organisational structure and supply chains

This statement covers the activities of Versa Health: We are a wellness, weight management and type 2 diabetes remission service created by NHS clinicians to improve the core health of our population. We offer a range of intensive lifestyle interventions and habit change programmes to support long term sustainable healthy weight loss. Our programmes provide Tier 2 weight management services. We also offer consultancy for Whole Systems Approach to obesity and are committed to working in partnership with Local Authorities and the NHS to reduce the prevalence of obesity in the UK population.

We currently operate in the United Kingdom.

We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking.

We recognise that slavery and human trafficking is a real, yet hidden issue in our society. We will not tolerate slavery and human trafficking in our business or supply chain. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure that any form of slavery is not taking place in our own business or supply chains. Whilst we assess the risk of modern slavery as low in our supply chain, we have taken appropriate steps to ensure our procedures are appropriate by:

  • Ensuring robust recruitment procedures which include immigration checks
  • Ensuring employees and Temporary Workers have the correct right to work status and documents
  • Confirming that appropriate clearing is obtained (e.g. DBS)
  • Ensuring employees and Temporary Workers are appropriately trained
  • Strong policies and procedures for the business overall are in place

Our business and livelihood depend upon our customers. Every employee is responsible for ensuring that any contact with our customers and the public at large reflects professionalism, efficiency and honesty. We constantly strive to provide a ‘Best Value’ high quality service:

  • We shall uphold the values of honesty, partnership and fairness in our relationships with stakeholders
  • We shall ensure a high level of business performance while minimising and effectively managing risk
  • We shall strive to provide continuous improvement in terms of service quality and cost
  • We will register and resolve customer complaints in accordance with our standards of service.
  • We will deal fairly with Temporary Workers and suppliers in our supply chain.
  • We will not create barriers to the use of small and medium-sized enterprises who are qualified to provide goods or services, and we will encourage innovation in our supply chains to increase the value or quality of supply.
  • We will be fair and reasonable in our payment practices.

Responsibility

Responsibility for our anti-slavery initiatives is as follows:

Policies: The Medical Director is responsible for the policy management, control and administration of the policy development process which includes: maintaining a central register of all policies, ensuring policies are reviewed in a timely manner, ensuring consistency through the policy development process, archiving superseded policies and removing superseded policies.

Investigations/due diligence: Versa Health adopts a transparent approach to the recruitment of employees, and fully complies with the Duty of Candour principles, and the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Versa Health has robust contracts and/or service level agreements with all supply chains which promote transparency between both parties. Any incidents of Modern Slavery and/or Human Trafficking are documented, investigated (if appropriate) and referred appropriately to the regulatory bodies in accordance with Versa Health’s Incidents Policy/Procedure and in line with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Whistleblowing: Versa Health encourages its employees to report any suspicion of slavery or trafficking in line with its Whistleblowing policy.

Training: All Versa Health employees complete a Modern Slavery training module at the start of their employment with refresher training available regularly thereafter.

Relevant policies

Modern slavery, Human Trafficking and other forms of exploitation are included in the Versa Health’s Safeguarding Adults and Versa Health’s Safeguarding Vulnerable Children Policies. These policies include warning signs and reporting/escalation processes. Other policies and procedures that further support the identification and management of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking are:

  • Versa Health Whistleblowing Policy
  • Versa Health Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy
  • Versa Health Corporate Responsibility Policy
  • Versa Health Complaints Policy
  • Versa Health Safeguarding Children Policy
  • Versa Health Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy
  • Versa Health Recruitment and Selection Policy

Performance indicators

We have reviewed our key performance indicators (KPIs). As a result, we are:

  • Continuing to review our policies and procedures to ensure that any form of slavery is not happening in our own business or supply chains
  • Ensuring robust recruitment procedures which include immigration checks are in place
  • Ensuring employees and Temporary Workers have the correct right to work status and documents
  • Confirming that appropriate clearing is obtained (DBS)
  • Ensuring employees and Temporary Workers are appropriately trained
  • Requiring all Versa Health employees to complete modern slavery training when they commence employment with Versa Health, and regularly thereafter

Training

All Versa Health employees complete a Modern Slavery training module at the start of their employment. Refresher training will be applicable for all Versa Health employees regularly thereafter.

Awareness-raising Programme

As well as training staff, we will raise awareness of modern slavery issues by circulating a series of emails that will explain to staff:

  • The basic principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • What external help is available, for example through the Modern Slavery Helpline, and other resourceful websites

 

 

Dr. Farhan Rabbani
Versa Health Founder