The National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) was formed in 1994, as a UK non profit making professional organisation. The NAHS operates in a single national network headed by the Association’s Chairman supported by a board of directors who form the NAHS Executive Committee. The Association’s aim is to support and enable healthcare provision through the delivery of professional security management; promoting and ensuring members are best placed and equipped to provide a safe and secure environment for their organisations staff, patients and all visitors. This process ultimately enhances and improves staff well-being and the healthcare environment along with improving the quality of a patient’s treatment ‘journey’.
What We Do
The role of the NAHS is to:
- Lead and create debates on legislation, policy and procedures.
- Promote education, training and continuing ASMS professional and personal development.
- Identify innovation and best practice and promote this with our members.
- Encourage face-to-face networking and through our new members website area, facilitate online networking, collaboration, discussion groups and the formation of Special Interest Groups (SIG) such as the CCTV and GDPR forum and Mental Health SIG.
- Establish a formal mentoring programme with key contacts and mentors accessible to all members.
- Contribute as a key stakeholder with NHS England promoting the collective viewpoint of healthcare security specialists.
- Lobby our collective views and represent Healthcare Security professionals as part of our external group memberships and associations.
The NAHS, as a key stakeholder in healthcare security, supported NHS Protect during its time as it developed the strategic direction and development of NHS healthcare security. This was reflected by NAHS membership of various NHS Protect working groups and our position as a key driver of policy and procedure. Since NHS Protect was dissolved in 2017, the NAHS Executive team have worked closely with NHS England in the development of new Security Management Standards for Providers and have lobbied Government, NHS England and NHS Improvement, highlighting the need for a central security management function. The Executive team are in discussion with NHS England regarding a position on the ASMS Professional Accreditation Board (PAB) following the recent withdrawal of the University of Portsmouth from the PAB.
The NAHS is associated with the Forum for Healthcare Security in Ireland and has links to Healthcare Security in New Zealand and is developing links with our Healthcare Security counterparts and the International Association for Healthcare Safety and Security in the USA. The NAHS also has formal links with the Security Institute, Security Commonwealth, Security Industry Authority and ASIS UK Chapter 208 and can award CPD points to members for attendance at our annual conference, NAHS meetings and events.