December Newsletter 2018



The NAHS Annual Conference held at The Studio Birmingham on 8th November was a sell out event for the second year running. We would like to thank the event organisers, All Security Events for all their hard work putting the Conference together; organising our outstanding speakers and panel members, sourcing and engaging with our sponsors and exhibitors to make the whole event a resounding success.

The NAHS team would especially like to thank B-Cam our main Conference sponsor, Paxton for sponsoring our awards and Axis Communications for sponsoring the drinks and refreshments. Without the support of the sponsors and our exhibitors who are mentioned below, we would be hard pressed to put on such an event.

#NAHS 18 Healthcare Security Awards

Congratulations to our Winners

As members will know, we requested nominations for a number of awards this year in order to recognise and showcase the exceptional and outstanding work delivered on a daily basis by our members and their supporting teams and suppliers. The categories were as follows:

  • Healthcare Security Officer
  • Healthcare Security Team
  • Healthcare Security Manager
  • Violence Reduction Initiative
  • Healthcare Security Innovation

Our panel of judges, consisting our the NAHS Executive Directors and two volunteer external judges; Dr Alison Wakefield, FSyI, Chair of the Security Institute and Guy Fergusson, Secured by Design reviewed all nominations and voted on their winners.

Our winners this year are as follows:

  • Security Officer of the Year was awarded to Matthew Richards, Engie, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
  • Security Team of the Year was awarded to Medway NHS Foundation Trust
  • Security Manager of the Year was awarded to Mohamed Belghomari, CIS Security, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
  • The award for Security Innovation was won by Dave McKenna and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Violence Reduction Initiative was awarded to Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Chair’s award went to Lisa Corbridge of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for her outstanding work and crime reduction initiatives

We have included some of the photographs from the event and our awards but will be publishing additional photographs along with a précis of the award nominations.

The NAHS Executives would like to thank all those who took the time to nominate and all our nominees; it is clear to see that we have an exceptional membership association and members who demonstrate outstanding professionalism and expertise. Let’s continue to showcase and recognise such work and effort to keep our Hospitals and Trusts safe.

Matthew Richards, Engie receiving the Healthcare Security Officer Award for his work at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

Mohamed Belghomari of CIS Security, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust receiving the Security Manager of the Year Award from Anthony Sewell, Paxton and our Awards sponsor.

Mike Lees and Lisa Corbridge of Barnsley Hospital Foundation NHS Trust receiving the #NAHS 18 Award for Violence Reduction Initiative. Mike is so pleased he can’t even take his eyes off the award!

Recipient of this years Chair’s Award was Lisa Corbridge in recognition of her exceptional work on the Trust crime reduction campaigns.

Our Other Winners Are…

Medway NHS Foundation Trust were this years winners of the Healthcare Security Team but were unable to join us to collect their award. Congratulations to the whole team for a job well done.

Congratulations to Dave McKenna, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust who was the extremely worthy winner of the #NAHS18 Security Innovation Award. Unfortunately, no one from the Trust was able to attend the ceremony to collect their award.

New Executive Directors

As you will all be aware, we canvassed members for nominations for Executive Directors. The nominations were reviewed and w e are extremely pleased to announce the appointments of the following:

  • Jayne King was confirmed as the continuing NAHS Chair and will remain in post for a further three years
  • Roger Ringham will be taking up the responsibility of NAHS Secretary, whilst Nik Reed will take over the position of NAHS Vice Chair for the South
  • Richard Smith has accepted responsibility to Training and Standards, taking over from Martin Nicholas who has had to step down as an Executive Director but who will continue to work with the NAHS Executive team in a management support role
  • Mike Lees has taken over the Governance role, previously occupied by Ron Gregory who has stepped down as an Executive Director

We also canvassed our members for volunteers to support the work of the Executive team and take on a management support role. We are extremely pleased to have received a number of volunteers and will be confirming work streams and the areas they will be assisting on in due course, however, this is your association and it is with the help of our willing volunteers that will drive NAHS forward.

#NAHS18 Conference

For those of you who were unable to attend #NAHS18 AGM, Annual Conference and Awards, we have included some photographs below. We will be featuring more on our website very shortly as we are developing a dedicated area for our Conference and associated material. In addition, we hope to be able to share our speaker’s presentations and look forward to hosting future blogs and newsletter articles from them all.

Our Chair, Jayne King opening the #NAHS18 Annual Conference

Other News from Around NAHS

  • Jayne King, NAHS Chair spoke at the International Security Expo on the 28th November and presented on the subject ‘Challenges in Healthcare Security’
  • As members will have seen from our last newsletter, NAHS continues to engage with NHS England along with other key stakeholders in response to the recent announcements by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the launch at the RCN Violence Seminar of their draft report on the ‘new’ approach to tackling violence. We will be publishing a letter we sent to NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which set out our recommendations and reflected the need for a centralised body to ‘take ownership’ of this essential element of Healthcare provision; without a secure and safe environment and staff, you cannot deliver the requisite level of care to our patients. NAHS is continuing to pursue a formal response to our proposals, in particular, to the updated Security Management standards we drafted and are actively seeking a resolution to this very important issue
  • The NAHS Executives are working very closely with Secured by Design (SbD) and are collaborating on a new document and SbD standards for all Healthcare providers and facilities. The limitations of the SbD – Hospitals (2005) document were recognised many years ago and we are working with the SbD team to enhance and dramatically improve the guidance to address these shortfalls
  • The NAHS Executive team are continuing to engage with the key stakeholders and are lobbying for the phrase ‘Zero Tolerance’ to be dropped (once again)
  • NAHS was honoured to support the ASIS memorial event that took place in London in November raising funds for PTSD Resolution

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members for supporting #NAHS18 AGM, Annual Conference and our Awards and contributing to our Association as we go forward to 2019.

We would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our Conference organisers All Security Events and our Sponsors – B-Cam, Axis Communications, Paxton Access and Carlisle Support Services.

We would also like to thank our exhibitors who provided us with some excellent information and insight into the products and services they provide to the Healthcare sector.

Please check out their websites (click on the images below) and mention NAHS when you make contact.

From January 2019, we will be sending out regular update bulletins and quarterly Membership newsletters where we will feature specialist articles, special interest stories and updates on the work of the NAHS Team.

We would welcome contributions from members and ask that you send your stories to