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