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

Further information about the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Programme please see the FutureNHS collaboration platform: Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Programme – FutureNHS Collaboration Platform

Organisations that have signed the charter

  1. 18 Week Support
  2. Absolute Care Homes (Central) Limited
  3. Active Care Group
  4. Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
  5. Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  6. Alliance Medical
  7. Allied Health Professionals Suffolk, Community Interest Company
  8. Arthur Rank Hospice Charity
  9. Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  10. Association of Ambulance Chief Executives
  11. Association of Anaesthetists
  12. Association of Breast Surgery
  13. Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
  14. Aurora Medcare
  15. Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  16. Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  17. Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  18. Barts Health NHS Trust
  19. Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  20. Benenden Hospital
  21. Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  22. Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  23. Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  24. Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust
  25. Black Country Health Care Foundation Trust
  26. Black Country Integrated Care Board
  27. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
  28. Bolton NHS foundation Trust
  29. Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
  30. Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  31. Bridgewater Community Healthcare
  32. BrisDoc Healthcare Services Ltd
  33. Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board
  34. British and Irish Orthoptic Society
  35. British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  36. British Dietetic Association
  37. British Medical Association
  38. British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS)
  39. British Orthopaedic Association
  40. British Society of Gastroenterology 
  41. Bromley Healthcare CIC
  42. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  43. Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board
  44. Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
  45. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  46. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
  47. Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
  48. Care and Custody Police Services
  49. Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  50. Central Medical Services Ltd
  51. Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust
  52. CHEC
  53. Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  54. Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  55. Circle Health Group
  56. City Health Care Partnership
  57. Cleveland Clinic London
  58. College of Operating Department Practitioners
  59. College of Paramedics
  60. Community Hosting and Support
  61. Connect Health
  62. Cornwall Foundation Trust
  63. Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  64. Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust
  65. County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
  66. Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care Board
  67. Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
  68. Croydon Health Services
  69. Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  70. Cygnet Health Care
  71. Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
  72. Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
  73. Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  74. Devon Partnership NHS Trust
  75. DHU Healthcare
  76. Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  77. Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  78. Dorset Healthcare University NHS Trust
  79. Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust
  80. East Cheshire NHS Trust
  81. East Kent Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  82. East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  83. East London NHS Foundation Trust
  84. East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  85. East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  86. East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
  87. East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  88. Elysium Healthcare
  89. Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Foundation Trust
  90. Essex Partnership University Hospital NHS Trust
  91. Everyturn Mental Health
  92. Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine – Member of Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  93. Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds
  94. First Community Health and Care
  95. Frimley Heath NHS Foundation Trust
  96. Frimley Integrated Care Board
  97. Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust
  98. Genesis Care
  99. George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
  100. Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
  101. Gloucestershire Hospitals
  102. Gloucestershire Managed Services
  103. Great Ormond Street Hospital
  104. Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  105. Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  106. GTD Healthcare
  107. Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust
  108. Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  109. Hardcore Medical and Ambulance Services
  110. Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
  111. HCA Healthcare
  112. Health Services Safety Investigations Body
  113. Health Transportation Group UK Limited
  114. Healthcare Management Trust
  115. HealthShare Group
  116. Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
  117. Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
  118. Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust
  119. HomeLink Healthcare
  120. Homerton Healthcare
  121. Horder Healthcare
  122. Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  123. Hull University Teaching Hospitals
  124. Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
  125. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  126. Independent Health Group
  127. Independent Healthcare Providers Network
  128. InHealth Group
  129. Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
  130. Isle of White NHS Trust
  131. James Paget University Hospital
  132. Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
  133. Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
  134. Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  135. King Edward VII’s Hospital
  136. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  137. Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  138. Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board
  139. Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
  140. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  141. Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  142. Leeds Community Healthcare
  143. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  144. Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Integrated Care Board
  145. Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  146. Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
  147. Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
  148. Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board
  149. Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  150. Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
  151. Liverpool University Hospitals
  152. Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
  153. Livewell Southwest
  154. LivingCare Group
  155. Locala Health and Wellbeing
  156. London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  157. London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
  158. Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  159. Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  160. Mayford House Surgery
  161. Medneo Diagnostics UK Limited
  162. Medway Community Healthcare
  163. Medway NHS Foundation Trust
  164. Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  165. Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  166. Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
  167. Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  168. Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust
  169. Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit
  170. Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
  171. Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  172. Moorfields Eye Hospital
  173. MSI Reproductive Choices UK
  174. Navigo Health and Social Care CiC
  175. NES Healthcare UK
  176. Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  177. Newmedica
  178. NHS Arden and GEM Commissioning Support Unit
  179. NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board
  180. NHS Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care Board
  181. NHS Cheshire and Merseyside
  182. NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board
  183. NHS Dorset
  184. NHS Employers
  185. NHS England
  186. NHS Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board
  187. NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care
  188. NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board
  189. NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Integrated Care Board
  190. NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board
  191. NHS Kent and Medway Integrated Care Board
  192. NHS Mid and South Essex Integrated Care Board
  193. NHS North East London Integrated Care Board
  194. NHS North West London Integrated Care Board
  195. NHS Northamptonshire Integrated Care Board
  196. NHS Somerset Integrated Care Board
  197. NHS South East London Integrated Care Board
  198. NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support
  199. NHS Sussex Integrated Care Board
  200. NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board
  201. Nimbuscare
  202. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  203. Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  204. Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
  205. North Bristol NHS Trust
  206. North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
  207. North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  208. North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board
  209. North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  210. North London Mental Health Partnership
  211. North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
  212. North of England Commissioning Support Unit
  213. North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
  214. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  215. North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  216. North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
  217. Northampton General Hospital
  218. Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  219. Northenden Group Practice
  220. Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust
  221. Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
  222. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  223. Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board
  224. Nottingham CityCare Partnership CIC
  225. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  226. Nuffield Health
  227. One Medical group
  228. Operose Health
  229. OSD Healthcare
  230. Oxford Health Foundation Trust
  231. Oxford University Hospitals
  232. Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  233. Parkview Medical Centre
  234. Pathfinder Group
  235. Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
  236. Pheonix Hospital Group
  237. PHL Group Ltd
  238. Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
  239. Practice Plus Group
  240. Primary Eyecare Services Limited
  241. Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  242. Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  243. Ramsay Health Care UK
  244. Richard House Children’s Hospice
  245. Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
  246. Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
  247. Royal College of Anaesthetists
  248. Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  249. Royal College of General Practitioners
  250. Royal College of Nursing
  251. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  252. Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  253. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  254. Royal College of Physicians
  255. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  256. Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  257. Royal College of Podiatry
  258. Royal College of Psychiatrists
  259. Royal College of Radiologists
  260. Royal College of Surgeons of England
  261. Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust
  262. Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  263. Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  264. Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
  265. Royal Papworth Hospital
  266. Royal Pharmaceutical Society 
  267. Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
  268. Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  269. Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  270. Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
  271. Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  272. Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
  273. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
  274. Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  275. Shoen Clinic
  276. Shropshire Community Health Trust
  277. Shropshire, Telford, and Wrekin Integrated Care Board
  278. Sodexo Health and Care
  279. Solent NHS Trust
  280. Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  281. South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  282. South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust
  283. South Tees Hospitals NHs Foundation Trust
  284. South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  285. South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
  286. South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
  287. South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  288. South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust
  289. South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board
  290. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  291. Southwest London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
  292. Spencer Private Hospitals Limited
  293. Spire Healthcare Limited
  294. Springhill Hospice
  295. St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  296. St Oswald’s Hospice
  297. Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board
  298. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  299. Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board
  300. Sulis Hospital Bath
  301. Surrey and Borders Partnership Trust
  302. Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  303. Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care Board
  304. Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
  305. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  306. Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
  307. Tees Esk and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  308. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  309. The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  310. The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
  311. The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  312. The Faculty of Public Health
  313. The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  314. The London Clinic
  315. The New Foscote Hospital
  316. The Princess Alexandra NHS Trust 
  317. The Private Clinic
  318. The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
  319. The Rotherham Foundation NHS Trust
  320. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  321. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  322. The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  323. The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  324. The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  325. The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
  326. The Society of Radiographers
  327. The Springs Medical Practice
  328. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
  329. The University of Manchester (Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health)
  330. The University of Sheffield (Faculty of Health)
  331. The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
  332. Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
  333. Totally Group PLC
  334. Tower Hamlets GP Care Group Community Interest Company
  335. Transform Healthcare
  336. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  337. University College Hospitals London
  338. University Hospital Dorset
  339. University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust
  340. University Hospital Southampton
  341. University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  342. University Hospitals Bristol and Weston Foundation Trust
  343. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
  344. University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
  345. University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  346. University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
  347. University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
  348. Vanguard Healthcare Solutions Ltd
  349. Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  350. Vita Health Group
  351. Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
  352. Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  353. We Are Survivors
  354. Welbeck Health Partners and Welbeck Group
  355. West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  356. West London NHS Trust
  357. West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust
  358. West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  359. Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
  360. Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  361. Wolstanton Medical Centre
  362. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  363. Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  364. Wye Valley NHS Trust
  365. York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  366. Yorkshire Ambulance Service
  367. Your Medical Services