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Declarations under NHS Provider Licence General Condition 6 and Continuity of Services Condition 7

General condition 6 - Systems for compliance with licence conditions and related obligations

Following a review for the purpose of paragraph 2(b) of licence condition G6, the Directors of the Licensee are satisfied that, in the Financial Year most recently ended, the Licensee took all such precautions as were necessary in order to comply with the conditions of the licence, any requirements imposed on it under the NHS Acts and have had regard to the NHS Constitution.

Continuity of services condition 7 - Availability of resources

After making enquiries the Directors of the Licensee have a reasonable expectation, subject to what is explained below, that the Licensee will have the Required Resources available to it after taking into account in particular (but without limitation) any distribution which might reasonably be expected to be declared or paid for the period of 12 months from 1 April 2019. However, they would like to draw attention to the following factors which may cast doubt on the ability of the Licensee to provide Commissioner Requested Services.

Risks to the availability of Required Resources for the whole service have been highlighted in the Trust's annual plan and relate to activity and demand management and staffing and system capacity. These risks have been recorded in the Trust's risk register and are regularly monitored and reviewed together with the associated plans to mitigate these risks.

In approving its annual plan the Board of Directors has taken into account the reserves of the Trust, which would enable it to allocate additional resources as required, and has agreed contracts in place with the commissioners for the provision of services and detailed cost improvement plans covering this period. The contracts in place with NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group also include a collaborative agreement with all foundation trust providers in Dorset to address the issues of demand and activity on a collective basis.

Same Sex Accommodation Declaration
Improving the patient experience of our patients

We remain committed to delivering same sex accommodation. Limiting mixed sex areas is to essential high care areas only, such as critical care and areas where patients require more intensive care due to their critical condition. This is made explicit in our Privacy and Dignity policy. Even in these areas there are strict guidelines to ensure that privacy and dignity is maintained as far as possible for all our patients

For a hospital to say that it has same-sex accommodation, it must provide sleeping areas and toilet and washing facilities that are for men or women only. This will mean different things in different hospitals. You could be:

  • in a same-sex ward, where the whole ward is occupied by either men or women only
  • in a single room, or
  • in a mixed ward, where men and women are in separate bays or rooms

Toilet and washing facilities should be easy to get to, not a long way from your bed. You shouldn’t have to go through accommodation or toilet, or washing facilities used by the opposite sex, to get to your own.

Our commitment to privacy and dignity is promoted through the following key elements of which are:

  • Ensuring staff are wearing their identity badge
  • Improving and maintaining the appropriate use of curtains around beds
  • Minimising noise at night
  • Peer review audits of privacy and dignity
  • Monitoring the patient experience of answering call bells
  • Improving the quality of hospital gowns available for patients
  • Improving privacy and dignity in diagnostic areas
  • Ensuring patients are appropriately covered when being transferred around the hospital.

Reducing the Risk of Infection

Patient safety is our priority and we are committed to do everything we can to keep our infection rates low. We take infection control extremely seriously and work hard to prevent and control infection in our hospitals.

You can find out more by visiting our Infection Prevention pages.

Adult and Child Protection and Safeguarding

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017

The Trust is required to publish information that comprises the response to the questions, or request for information, set out in Schedule 2 of The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017. This information is also set out in the Annual Report and Accounts which can be found here.

Register of Interests

The register of interests includes interests declared by all decision-making staff (staff on the Agenda for Change pay band 8a and above or equivalent (excluding junior doctors in training) and all procurement department staff) as at June 2020.

  • Register of Interests - 2020
  • Register of Interests - 2019
  • Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

    There is no requirement for the Trust to publish a statement under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 on its website or in its annual report, however, the board of directors felt it was important to publish a statement setting out how the Trust is run in a socially responsible way.