Welcome to the May edition of our Newsletter. Due to the COVID19 Pandemic, all plans for the April newsletter had to be put on hold but in this month’s edition you can find:
- An overview of the survey we conducted on the draft Violence Reduction Standards issued by NHS England on 18th Feb.
- Information on the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
- Information on the specific threat to Healthcare identified and circulated via the PSO app and local CTSAs.
- Exclusive offer to all NAHS Members – Unrestricted access to Cyber Security protection.
- Links to the latest edition of The Professional Security Officer magazine.
- Links to specialist webinars and training.
Violence Against NHS Staff
Survey results following the publication of the Draft Violence Reduction Standards
On 18th February, NHS England published draft Violence Reduction Standards on the Future NHS Collaboration Platform. A consultation period of 8 days had been given with a closing date on 2nd March. Members were asked to answer 9 questions and provide their comments and observations.
The plan was to send results to NHS England to open debate and in addition, to raise the concerns of its members regarding the decline of the NHS Security Management Service post NHS Protect.
However, due to the COVID 19 pandemic NAHS has postponed this action until after the current crisis has abated.
Healthcare Threat Update
The Metropolitan Police issued specific Healthcare advice and guidance stating the following:
During these unprecedented times Hospitals and Health Care facilities are under tremendous pressure in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the Governments lockdown and subsequent closure of large crowded places, hospitals could be seen as attractive venues to those intent on conducting terrorist activity. The threat to the UK from terrorism remains real and these unprecedented times could be exploited by terrorist groups or individuals.
The following guidance of measures for security leads and security officers is intended to support the already outstanding work being carried out so the impact of incidents is reduced and the critical and operational functions maintained. It is important that you continue to reduce vulnerability, maintain a strong security culture and be prepared for and resilient to the threat and risk from terrorists. Guidance has also been provided for the security of staff and patients and is available to all NAHS Members here.
This is also available on the PSO App (details and link to download the App below).
Celebrating International Year of the Nurse and Midwife
2020 is the first ever International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, who was born on 12 May 1820.
Nurses and midwives make up the largest numbers of the NHS workforce. They are highly skilled professionals from a host of backgrounds that represent our diverse communities. This year is our opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work they do, reflect on the impact they make on the lives of so many, and show our gratitude.
In previous years, the NHS has marked International Nurse’s Day on 12 May with events at hospitals across the world, however, this was not possible this year due to COVID-19. Instead, on 5th May (International Day of the Midwife) we clapped for midwives at 1pm, and at 1pm on 12th May (International Nurses Day) we clapped for nurses.
We had hoped to have featured an interview with Nurses and Midwives to address staff safety concerns and lone worker safety but COVID-19 arrived on the scene and put all plans on hold. We will revisit this once the situation calms down.
Exclusive offer for NAHS Members
NAHS friend and avid supporter Mr Philip Ingram, MBE contacted us recently to offer the following:
‘There is a Cyber network threats monitoring company called Titania that is owned and run by friends of mine. Their tool set is highly capable and is used by the US Department of Defence on its networks, a real accolade of a UK company’s capability.
They are expanding their reach and have put an offer into NHS digital to supply free licenses through this difficult time and longer. They want to extend this offer to NAHS members as they recognise there may be networks that are outwit a pure NHS digital control amongst your membership. This is completely free, there are no catches and there will not be any hard sell afterwards. Their motivation is to try and contribute to the security of the country’s most critical health assets. The text of the email I had from them is below:
Following our earlier discussion I am delighted to confirm that Titania are offering our flagship product; Nipper, completely free of charge to all NAHS members to support them during the current crisis. We are happy to provide as large as licence as each member requires during this period, initially we will create these licence(s) for 6 months but Titania may agree to extend the length of the license. These licence(s) will be provided without any obligation of any future purchases. In order to facilitate the creation of each licence I would need to arrange a call between the end user and I. To find out full details of all of the capabilities and benefits of Nipper please visit Titania website here.
In addition to this I am delighted to also confirm that Elastic are also prepared to offer their software and services free of charge, full details of their products are available on their website. Again, this software and services come completely without obligation. Nipper is fully integrated with Elastic.
Any member of the NAHS is welcome to take up none, one, either or both of these offers.
If you have any further questions or any of the members would like a demonstration of the products please do not hesitate to contact Philip Ingram direct.
The Titania point of contact is Joe Allsopp who can be contacted direct on Joe.Allsopp@titania.com
Launch of COVID19 Group and Forum
To ensure the COVID-19 specific information received by our CSSC SPoC and NHS Industry Sector lead for Security Management is circulated and made available to all members we have created a COVID-19 group and discussion forum. The groups area of the NAHS website allows members to participate in existing groups and create new discussion topics, sharing information, knowledge and best practice. We would like to encourage all members to join and participate in the group and discussions. We have recently uploaded a CPNI document and specific guidance on Searching and how to achieve this and adhere to the need for Social Distancing.
Protective Security Operations
Launch of PSO London Shield app
We wanted to remind members that NAHS have been given access to the Metropolitan Police PSO Shield application. This is a downloadable app that gives Security Managers within the London area regular updates, information and intelligence and is proving to be an invaluable resource and source on intel.
#NAHS20 – Save the Date
NAHS Annual Conference
12th November 2020, The Studio, Birmingham
We are still planning to return to The Studio, Birmingham on Thursday 12th November 2020 for this year’s AGM, Conference and Awards #NAHS20. Please save the date in your calendar now and look out for the link to the ticket booking page coming soon.
We are continuing to monitor the impact COVID-19 has on the NHS and the Security sector, however, as IFSEC and The Security Event have both been moved to September we are quietly confident that #NAHS20 will go ahead as planned.
Launch of 2020 CPD Scheme
We are extremely pleased to announce that the NAHS CPD for 2020, created and provided by the Security Institute is now live and available to download from the NAHS website.
Dependent on COVID19 and how it impacts on our services, we are planning to provide specific guidance and resources and hope to run mini-workshops at the regional meetings with hints and tips on how to complete your CPD.
If members experience any difficulties or need any assistance or guidance completing their CPD submission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Update on Events
As the country went into ‘Lockdown’, social gatherings, events and Conferences were cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. IFSEC and The Security Event have rearranged them for September. These are two ‘Not to be Missed events’, especially as NAHS will be delivering a presentation and participating in a panel discussion at The Security Event.
The Healthcare FM Conference has been postponed to 7th September. The Future Healthcare event has also been cancelled and so their next event will take place in 2021. As this situation is extremely fluid and subject to change, we would advise members to keep an eye on the Events page, however, the organisers hope things will have settled down by September and so we recommend members save the dates to avoid getting double booked.
The organisers of The Security Event are holding a number of webinars that members may find interesting. The webinar on Pandemic Cyber Crime is on 2nd June between 1300 and 1400 hours with the second entitled Serious and Organised Crime and Terror – What is happening, what is coming and what should business do will take place between 1430 and 1530 hours 2nd June. The links to book your place on these events are shown below and are well worth participating in.
Thought Leadership Webinars
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind Members of the OSPAs Thought Leadership Webinar Series which is also available to all members. The series of webinars are addressing and discussing an extensive range of subjects and feature some true Subject Matter Experts. The link to the website and the webinar booking page is here.
In our next Edition
In our next edition we plan to feature:
- Discussion paper and article on the impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Security.
- Articles on Lone Working and Personal Safety.
- Interviews with RCM and RCN colleagues as part of our support of the National Year of the Nurse and Midwife – Keeping our staff safe.
- Forthcoming events and dates to look out for.
Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is all subject to last-minute change.