Here are the steps Beautiful Information has taken and continues to take to understand and minimise the potential risk of modern slavery in its business and supply chains.
This statement is published in line with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
About Beautiful Information
Beautiful Information were the first NHS/private partnership of its kind, offering unique real-time information to NHS trusts to help them plan and resource clinical services to meet hourly fluctuations in patient flow. We were supported in our development by Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust and Ashford St Peters NHS Foundation Trust, and provide solutions across a range of UK NHS organisations. The company was acquired by VitalHub Corp in January 2022.
To connect patients, clinicians and managers through beautiful information to make healthcare simple and transparent.
OUR TRACK RECORD
Beautiful Information has already significantly improved the many NHS organisations to understand and manage performance. We have used information tools and our own understanding of how hospitals work to develop performance dashboards that give hospital managers and clinicians a real-time view of activity.
This has been achieved by adopting a strategy that is largely new to the NHS – elevating Information Management above Information Technology. This means the choice of products from the market does not determine how or what information is collected, analysed and used to make decisions.
OUR PLACE IN THE NHS
The financial imperative to reduce costs while improving outcomes for a larger, ageing population is driving the NHS to focus on real value in healthcare. Commissioners are increasingly acting to measure health outcomes across whole pathways rather than single providers, and to track the full-pathway costs of these outcomes.
The first step on this journey is for clinicians to measure and share clinical and patient-centred outcomes with commissioners, managers and patients. This is a vital step that will improve cost and quality, and will also create a more equal relationship between patients and health professionals, in which patients will be empowered to make informed care-choices based on data that is meaningful to them.
It will also incentivise alignment and integration of health services across health populations, breaking down outdated boundaries between primary and secondary care, or mental and physical health and mend the broken care pathways that patients routinely experience today.
Our commitment to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015
Beautiful Information is committed to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking.
As an equal opportunities employer, we’re committed to creating and ensuring a non-discriminatory and respectful working environment for our staff. We want all our staff to feel confident that they can expose wrongdoing without any risk to themselves.
Our recruitment and people management processes are designed to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and to safeguard employees from any abuse or coercion.
We do not enter into business with any organisation, in the UK or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to be involved in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
Our supply chain
Due to the nature of our business, we assess ourselves to have a low risk of modern slavery in our business and supply chains.
Our supply chains are limited and we procure goods and services from a restricted range of UK and overseas suppliers, including UK government and health organisation frameworks.
Our policies in relation to the Modern Slavery Act 2015
The following policies are available to all staff upon request:
- Code of conduct Ethics policy
- Whistleblowing policy
- Bullying and harassment policy
- Diversity and inclusion policy
- Recruitment and selection policy
Embedding the principles
We will continue to embed the principles through:
- providing awareness training to staff on the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and informing them of the appropriate action to take if they suspect a case of slavery or human trafficking
- ensuring staff involved in procurement activity are aware of and follow modern slavery procurement guidance on GOV.UK ensuring that consideration of the modern slavery risks and prevention are added to Beautiful Information’s policy review process as an employer and procurer of goods and services
- making sure Business Information’s procurement strategies and contract terms and conditions include references to modern slavery and human trafficking
- continuing to take action to embed a zero tolerance policy towards modern slavery
- ensuring that staff involved in buying or procurement and the recruitment and deployment of workers receive training on modern slavery and ethical employment practices
This statement has been approved by Scott Parker, Managing Director, for the financial year ending 31 March 2022.
This statement will be reviewed and updated every year.