Happy New Year to all our Members.
Welcome to the January 2020 Newsletter. In this month’s packed edition you can find:
- An article on the Violence Reduction Strategy and link to the NHS England document and position statement.
- Confirmation from NHS England that no further ASMS training will be provided.
- Link to the SIA Consultation on the draft Code of Conduct for Security operatives.
- Launch of the National Job Board and the process for advertising vacancies on the NAHS website.
- Update on the 2020 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) process.
- Update on our new Corporate Partnership package.
- Dates for your diary and forthcoming events we are participating at and supporting this year.
NHS Violence Reduction Strategy
NHS England recently provided an update on the NHS Violence Reduction Strategy and the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act.
Following the enactment of the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 (the 2018 Act) on 13th November 2018. Data provided by the Crown Prosecution shows that they prosecuted more than 50 assaults a day in the first year of legislation, making attacks on emergency workers a specific offence, new figures show.
Between November 2018 and 2019, almost 20,000 offences were charged under the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act – three-quarters of which were assault by beating.
The CPS data is based on the number of offences charged, rather than individual defendants. Ministry of Justice figures for 2018, based on the first cases to go through the courts, show a conviction rate of 90 per cent.
Following a series of high-profile assaults last summer, the Director of Public Prosecutions met with police colleagues to discuss their concerns about rising levels of violence towards officers.
In response, the CPS led the development of the Joint Agreement On Offences Against Emergency Workers (the Joint Agreement). NHS England & NHS Improvement represented the NHS and collaborated with stakeholders to produce the agreement.
The Joint Agreement (available here) provides a framework to ensure more effective investigations and prosecution of cases, where emergency workers are the victim of a crime, particularly in applying the provisions of the Act 2018 and sets out the standards which victims of these crimes can expect. Equally it underpins the provisions outlined within the (the 2018 Act).
To read the rest of the briefing Click Here.
NAHS will be responding to NHSE regarding the statistics quoted above as these appear to reflect assaults on Police and not NHS staff.
Members may like to consider establishing an Investigation protocol with your local Police for NHS related offences. This approach has been used at an acute Mental Health Trust (including Medium Secure Forensic services) and replicated in an Acute (general) Trust, providing screening and a greater level of scrutiny to reports of violent offences in particular. In short, the protocol and this approach provides greater opportunity to follow through on the NHS stance that we do not tolerate violence, aggression or abuse. Avoiding at all times the use of the phrase ‘Zero Tolerance’.
Cessation of ASMS Training
As you will be aware when NHS Protect were dissolved in April 2017, they invited training providers to continue with the delivery of the Accredited Security Management Specialist (ASMS) course. Oversight was provided via the Security Management Professional Accreditation Board (SMPAB).
About 18 months ago at a SMPAB meeting the training providers collectively agreed to pause the ASMS course. The decision undertaken was principally in the absence of a national direction regarding the future delegation of the security management functions, which incorporated the protection of assets and protection of staff.
The position has now been clarified. Following receipt of legal advice and discussions with NHS England & NHS Improvement legal teams, we have agreed that NHS England exercises responsibility for the violence reduction strategy, which is referenced within the Long-Term Plan. This will be undertaken using NHS England’s general power under section 2 of the NHS Act 2006 (as amended, “the Act”), without the need for any delegation or direction from the Secretary of State for Health. A Memorandum of Understanding will be developed to outline the specific accountabilities aligned to the funding, as noted within the Long Term Plan.
Consequently, we will not be running any further Accredited Security Management Specialist (ASMS) courses.
As the violence reduction programme is developed a training needs analysis will be undertaken to consider the future requirements.
The Professional Security Officer Magazine Edition 5 is Out Now!
In the latest edition entitled Physical Security and Technology, John Currie has written a short article on the subject of Physical Security and Technology – A Healthcare Perspective.
The magazine also features a full report on #NAHS19 Awards and all our worthy winners and nominees.
NAHS would like to thank Rollo Davies for his continued support and allowing us the platform of the TPSO Magazine to raise the profile of Healthcare Security and the dedicated and exceptional Security staff across the country.
#NAHS19 Award Winners and now OSPAs Finalists
We are really pleased to be able to report that due to the outstanding quality of the submissions, the #NAHS19 Award winners in all categories were nominated for the OSPA’s by the Executive Board and were all put through as finalists in the awards to be held in London on Wednesday, 26th February 2020 at the Royal Lancaster London. This recognition only goes to highlight the importance of Healthcare Security and the amazing achievements and hard work of the individuals and teams out there.
Anyone wishing to attend will need to book. Tickets can be purchased via the following link. As a reminder our winners were:
- Healthcare Security Officer – Tiffany Satchell, Noonan Security
- Healthcare Security Manager / ASMS (LSMS) – Peter Paskin, SAFE.
- Healthcare Security Team – Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells.
- Violence Reduction Initiative – University Hospital Birmingham in association with West Midlands Police.
- Healthcare Security Innovation – Clinical Liaison Nurses (Security), Mersey Care NHS Trust.
- Chairs Award went to Jim Tighe, West London NHS Trust.
Click here for the full list of the OSPA Finalists.
We want to wish all our #NAHS19 Award winners the very best for the OSPAs as you are all Outstanding Professionals who have performed at the highest level and provided an exceptional service.
SIA Draft Code of Conduct Survey
The SIA are running a six-week consultation on a draft code of conduct for SIA licence holders and applicants for SIA licences. They are inviting the industry, licence holders, and anyone with an interest in private security, to have a say on the draft code of conduct by taking part in a survey. The consultation will end on 23 February 2020.
The idea of the draft code of conduct is to improve standards and public safety by setting out the standards of conduct and behaviour that we expect people to uphold if they are entrusted with protecting the public, premises, and property. It would give a clear, consistent and positive message to service users, businesses, and employers about what they should expect from licence holders. The SIA have stated that they also want it to help licence holders understand what to do when they face challenging situations at work.
Read the full article on the SIA website here
All SIA Licence holders and NAHS Members are encouraged to complete the survey which is available here
Website Update – creation of Job Board
We are conducting some final tests on our new Job Board and will be launching it on Wednesday 29th January. We are pleased to already have our first post; a fantastic job at Hull University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust. Once we are happy everything is working as it should, please check out the Job Page which can be found via the Library tab.
Members will be able to post jobs which can be viewed by all website visitors. Our Corporate Partners will be able to provide jobs which we will post on their behalf. Look out for the launch of the page on Wednesday.
#NAHS20 – SAVE THE DATE
NAHS Annual Conference
12th November 2020, The Studio, Birmingham
To ensure we have an even bigger and better Conference this year we have already started planning and have agreed a date with the venue. We are pleased to report that we will be returning to The Studio, Birmingham on Thursday 12th November 2020 for this year’s AGM, Conference and Awards #NAHS20. Save the date in your calendar now and look out for the link to the ticket booking page coming soon.
Update on Continuing Professional Development scheme
Our new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) developed in association with the Security Institute (SyI) was launched at the Conference and is available to all members. We would like to thank Di Thomas (SyI) in particular as she has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of this CPD package with the NAHS Executives.
All Members should note that the 2020 CPD criteria will replace this in February, and so anyone wishing to attain their SyI accredited CPD points for 2019 needs to submit by the end of January.
The NAHS CPD scheme can be found on our website and can be accessed here. If members experience any difficulties or need any assistance or guidance completing their CPD submission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do what we can to help, however, you only have a couple of days left to submit for 2019!
Corporate Partner Package
As part of our preparation for attaining Charity status, NAHS reviewed our Membership level and in order to establish sound and relevant engagement with the wider Security Industry we launched our Corporate Partnership package on the 1st January 2020.
The details of the package are available here but in short, we are providing a number of tangible benefits to partnership. These include having Corporate Partner visibility on a dedicated page on the NAHS website (logo, short bio and link to Partner’s website, Twitter, Facebook etc.). Corporate Partners are invited to sponsor our monthly Newsletter and blogs with all requests being vetted by the Executive Committee to ensure the subject and topic is pertinent to our members. It should be noted that Corporate Partnership does not confer rights of membership and so Partners cannot attend the AGM nor can they vote in NAHS elections. All Corporate Partners will have first refusal and reduced rates to exhibit and sponsor our Annual Conference events.
In our next Edition
In our next edition we will feature:
- An interview with National Association Surveillance Camera Managers and the CCTV User Group detailing the support available to NAHS members and in particular for those wishing to undertake the CCTV Voluntary Adopter Scheme.
- Advice and guidance when Tendering for Security Services.
- Information on the 2020 CPD package.
- Article on the use of Body Worn Video.