Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust declarations on single sex accomodation and safeguarding children.

Single Sex Accommodation Declaration

We are committed to ensuring our patients receive care in environments that support their privacy and dignity. It’s important we offer the best possible experience to our patients.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to confirm that we are compliant with the Government’s requirement to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation, except when it is in the patient’s overall best interest, or reflects their personal choice.

We have the necessary facilities, resources and culture to ensure patients who are admitted to our hospitals have access to same sex accommodation. This means, all patients who stay in our hospital facilities will have their own single bedroom, with an ensuite bathroom.

If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will report it. We will also set up an audit mechanism to make sure that we do not misclassify any of our reports. We will publish the results of that audit at our Board meeting.

Read our latest  Single Sex Accommodation Annual Report 2019-20

What is mixed sex accommodation?
Mixed sex accommodation is where patients of opposite gender have to share either sleeping accommodation, toilets or washing facilities.

What do we mean by same sex accommodation?
Same sex accommodation can be provided in:
• single sex wards, where the whole ward is occupied by men or women only in single rooms
• mixed wards, where men and women are in separate bays or rooms.

Separate toilet and washing facilities for men and women should also be provided, preferably within or next to the bay or room. Patients should not need to pass through opposite sex accommodation or toilet and washing facilities to access their own.

July 2021

Safeguarding Children Declaration

The Board of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is assured that the following requirements are in place in line with the recommendations of the Care Quality Commission to ensure that systems and processes are in place to safeguard children and young people:

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust meets all statutory requirements in relation to the Disclosure and Barring Service;

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has a child protection policy in place that meets with the requirements of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018;

  • Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has a process in place that meets with the standards agreed by NHS Kernow to ensure all children who are not brought to appointments are followed up and safeguarding issues
  • Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has a safeguarding training programme which ensures compliance with the Intercollegiate document 2104. Compliance is monitored internally and by NHS Kernow   
  • The Named Nurse for Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Zoe Cooper is in place to fulfil the requirements as detailed in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018  and the Named Doctor is Dr Tamsyn Anderson
  • The Board level Executive Lead with the responsibility for safeguarding in Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is Kim O'Keeffe, Director of Nursing and AHPs.
  • The Board of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust receive annual updates from the Named Nurse

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July 2021

Trade Union (Facility Time)

As part of its commitment to ensuring the views of staff are represented, the Trust has a number of union representatives. These are either full-time roles or are undertaken in addition to the individual’s full-time (equivalent) role in the organisation. Full details are set out in the following table:

Trade union facility time

Number of employees who were union officials


Full-time equivalent number



% of time spent on facility time


















Total cost of facility time (£)



Total pay bill (£)



% of pay bill spent on facility time



Paid Trade Union activities




July 2021

Black Lives Matter

The Board of Directors of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust wholeheartedly commit to the creation of a more inclusive and accepting society for our colleagues and the people who use our services.

We will continue to promote inclusivity and to tackle discrimination

As a Trust we are committed to promoting inclusivity; seeking out and confronting discrimination.

We recognise the importance of taking a stand against any form of discrimination; as highlighted by the recent events in the United States of America, and the subsequent global protests by Black Lives Matter. We will learn from this and the experiences of people nationally and locally to implement change in our organisation and beyond.

Our network of BAME colleagues

We are working to develop a network of BAME colleagues. This will allow us to have more insight into their lives, the challenges they face and how this can affect their health, safety, wellbeing, economic prosperity, and life opportunities.

These are important issues and we will do our absolute best to address these and other similar matters as they are brought to our attention.

Our promise

We will listen to the voices of our communities to understand the root of issues. We will work together to agree what changes are needed and how we take these forward. In this way we will make the transformation required for us all to be valued, equal members of an accepting, inclusive society.

For further information about the BAME network or any other issues, please contact Laura, Charity or Viral by emailing:

June 2021