Sexual safety in healthcare – organisational charter

Those who work, train and learn within the healthcare system have the right to be safe and feel supported at work.

Organisations across the healthcare system need to work together and individually to tackle unwanted, inappropriate and/or harmful sexual behaviour in the workplace.

We all have a responsibility to ourselves and our colleagues and must act if we witness these behaviours.

As signatories to this charter, we commit to a zero-tolerance approach to any unwanted, inappropriate and/or harmful sexual behaviours towards our workforce. We commit to the following principles and actions to achieve this:

  1. We will actively work to eradicate sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace.
  2. We will promote a culture that fosters openness and transparency, and does not tolerate unwanted, harmful and/or inappropriate sexual behaviours.
  3. We will take an intersectional approach to the sexual safety of our workforce, recognising certain groups will experience sexual harassment and abuse at a disproportionate rate.
  4. We will provide appropriate support for those in our workforce who experience unwanted, inappropriate and/or harmful sexual behaviours.
  5. We will clearly communicate standards of behaviour. This includes expected action for those who witness inappropriate, unwanted and/or harmful sexual behaviour.
  6. We will ensure appropriate, specific, and clear policies are in place. They will include appropriate and timely action against alleged perpetrators.
  7. We will ensure  appropriate, specific, and clear training is in place.
  8. We will ensure appropriate reporting mechanisms are in place for those experiencing these behaviours.
  9. We will take all reports seriously and appropriate and timely action will be taken in all cases.
  10. We will capture and share data on prevalence and staff experience transparently.

These commitments will apply to everyone in our organisation equally.

Where any of the above is not currently in place, we commit to work towards ensuring it is in place by July 2024.

To sign up to the charter and for more information on the national domestic abuse and sexual violence work programme, please email england.domesticabusesexualviolence@nhs.net

Organisations that have signed the charter

  1. 18Week Support
  2. Absolute Care Homes (Central) Limited
  3. Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
  4. Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  5. Alliance Medical Ltd
  6. Allied Health Professionals Suffolk, Community Interest Company
  7. Arthur Rank Hospice Charity
  8. Association of Ambulance Chief Executives
  9. Association of Anaesthetists
  10. Association of Breast Surgery
  11. Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  12. Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  13. Barts Health NHS Trust
  14. Benenden Hospital
  15. Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  16. Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  17. Black Country Health Care Foundation Trust
  18. Black Country Integrated Care Board
  19. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
  20. Bolton NHS foundation Trust
  21. Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
  22. Bridgewater Community Healthcare
  23. BrisDoc Healthcare Services Ltd
  24. British and Irish Orthoptic Society
  25. British Dietetic Association
  26. British Medical Association
  27. British Orthopaedic Association
  28. Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board
  29. Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
  30. Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
  31. Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  32. Central Medical Services Ltd
  33. CHEC
  34. Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  35. Circle Health Group
  36. City Health Care Partnership
  37. College of Operating Department Practitioners
  38. College of Paramedics
  39. Cornwall Foundation Trust
  40. County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
  41. Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care Board
  42. Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
  43. Croydon Health Services
  44. Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  45. Cygnet Health Care
  46. Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
  47. Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  48. Devon Partnership NHS Trust
  49. Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  50. Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  51. Dorset Healthcare University NHS Trust
  52. Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust
  53. East Cheshire NHS Trust
  54. East Kent Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  55. East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  56. East London NHS Foundation trust
  57. East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  58. East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  59. East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  60. Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Foundation Trust
  61. Essex Partnership University Hospital NHS Trust
  62. Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine – Member of Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  63. First Community Health and Care
  64. Frimley Heath NHS Foundation Trust
  65. Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust
  66. George Eliot NHS Trust
  67. Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
  68. Great Ormond Street Hospital
  69. Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust
  70. Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  71. Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
  72. HCA Healthcare
  73. Health Services Safety Investigations Body
  74. Healthcare Management Trust
  75. HealthShare Group
  76. Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
  77. Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust
  78. HomeLink Healthcare
  79. Homerton Healthcare
  80. Horder Healthcare
  81. Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  82. Hull University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
  83. Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
  84. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  85. Independent Health Group
  86. Independent Healthcare Providers Network
  87. InHealth Group
  88. Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
  89. Isle of Wight NHS Trust
  90. Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
  91. Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  92. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  93. Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  94. Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
  95. Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board
  96. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  97. Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  98. Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
  99. Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  100. Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
  101. Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
  102. Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board
  103. Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  104. Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
  105. Liverpool University Hospitals
  106. Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
  107. LivingCare Group
  108. London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  109. London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
  110. Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  111. Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  112. Mayford House Surgery
  113. Medway Community Healthcare
  114. Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  115. Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  116. Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust
  117. Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
  118. Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  119. Navigo Health and Social Care CiC
  120. Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  121. NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board
  122. NHS Dorset
  123. NHS Employers
  124. NHS England
  125. NHS Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board
  126. NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board
  127. NHS Mid and South Essex Integrated Care Board
  128. NHS North East London Integrated Care Board
  129. NHS North West London Integrated Care Board
  130. NHS Somerset Integrated Care Board
  131. NHS South East London Integrated Care Board
  132. NHS Sussex Integrated Care Board
  133. NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board
  134. Nimbuscare
  135. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  136. North Bristol NHS Trust
  137. North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
  138. North East Ambulance Service
  139. North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board
  140. North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  141. North London Mental Health Partnership
  142. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  143. North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  144. North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
  145. Northampton General Hospital
  146. Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  147. Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust
  148. Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
  149. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  150. Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board
  151. Nottingham CityCare Partnership CIC
  152. Nuffield Health
  153. One Medical group
  154. Oxford Health Foundation Trust
  155. Oxford University Hospitals
  156. Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  157. Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
  158. Pheonix Hospital Group
  159. Practice Plus Group
  160. Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  161. Ramsay Health Care UK
  162. Ramsay Health Care UK
  163. Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
  164. Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
  165. Royal College of Anaesthetists
  166. Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  167. Royal College of General Practitioners
  168. Royal College of Nursing
  169. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  170. Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  171. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  172. Royal College of Physicians
  173. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  174. Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  175. Royal College of Podiatry
  176. Royal College of Psychiatrists
  177. Royal College of Radiologists
  178. Royal College of Surgeons of England
  179. Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust
  180. Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
  181. Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
  182. Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  183. Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
  184. Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  185. Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
  186. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
  187. Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  188. Shropshire, Telford, and Wrekin Integrated Care Board
  189. Solent NHS Trust
  190. Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  191. South Central Ambulance Service
  192. South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust
  193. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  194. South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  195. South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
  196. South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  197. South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust
  198. South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board
  199. Southwest London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
  200. Spencer Private Hospitals Limited
  201. Spire Healthcare Limited
  202. St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  203. Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board
  204. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  205. Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board
  206. Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
  207. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  208. Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
  209. Tees Esk and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  210. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  211. The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  212. The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
  213. The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  214. The Faculty of Public Health
  215. The London Clinic
  216. The Private Clinic
  217. The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
  218. The Rotherham Foundation NHS Trust
  219. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  220. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  221. The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  222. The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  223. The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  224. The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust
  225. The Society of Radiographers
  226. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
  227. The University of Manchester (Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health)
  228. The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
  229. Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
  230. Totally Group PLC
  231. Tower Hamlets GP Care Group Community Interest Company
  232. Transform Healthcare Ltd
  233. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  234. University College Hospitals London
  235. University Hospital Dorset
  236. University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust
  237. University Hospital Southampton
  238. University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  239. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
  240. University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
  241. University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  242. University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
  243. University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
  244. Vanguard Healthcare Solutions Ltd
  245. Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  246. Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
  247. Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  248. West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust
  249. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  250. Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  251. York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  252. Yorkshire Ambulance Service