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New Training Programme for Healthcare Security Officers

Industry Qualifications, the first pan-sector mutual awarding organisation in the UK, has today announced the accreditation of the IQ Level 2 Industry Award in Healthcare Security (Top Up).

The ‘Top Up’ qualification is the first of a suite of three that will together create a new benchmark training standard for Healthcare Security Officers and answer the need for nationally approved training specific to the role.

The 'Top Up' programme has been designed to avoid expensive overlap of training, offering those who are already SIA qualified to 'up-skill' to the new training standard without having to undertake the ‘Full’ programme.

The 'Full’ programme for Healthcare Security Officers will incorporate the ‘Top Up’ training and also meet the criteria set by the SIA for Security Guarding and Door Supervision licence linked training, bringing it in-line with existing recognised occupational standards.

The ‘Full’ programme includes optional training in protective breakaway skills, physical intervention skills (holding, escorting & disengagement) and physical restraint (on a bed, a trolley and on the floor). The physical intervention training will equip Healthcare Security Officers with the practical skills needed to carry out Criminal Justice and Immigration Act (CJIA) role responsibilities and ensure appropriate use of their powers.

The new qualification is endorsed by the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS). Chairman Peter Finch, welcoming the qualification, said

“We are delighted to have been involved with the development of this training package. Our security officers are our 24/7 eyes and ears on the ground and it is essential that they are appropriately trained to protect our facilities and staff from terrorism and other crime. This qualification will go some way towards achieving that aim.”

Richard Hampton of NHS Protect added:

“The scope of the new 'Top Up' programme highlights the knowledge and professional capabilities currently required of Healthcare Security Officers.  I hope the training contributes to making their work safer.”

Programme creator, Jim O’Dwyer of AEGIS said:

“The new ‘Top Up’ training comprehensively reflects the complexity and diversity of a Healthcare Security Officer role and the broad range of security tasks, duties and responsibilities it entails. I am very grateful to all the NAHS officials who contributed and I’m looking forward to the ‘roll out’ of the Full programme.”

Head of Business Development of Industry Qualifications, Sallyann Baldry said:

“The introduction of qualifications to improve standards, with a real focus on patient-centred practice which will reduce the risk of assault for those working in healthcare is to be welcomed.

“There is an ever increasing need to recognise the skills and knowledge of professionals working within the healthcare community, which often goes unrewarded and IQ is delighted to be at the forefront of supporting the continuing professional development needs of over 15,000 security personnel in healthcare settings from acute, mental and general hospitals to nursing, residential and day care establishments.”

Further information for editors :

AEGIS Skills Ltd is a training and consultancy company with established expertise in developing and delivering professional training for those working in the security and care sectors and a strong track record of supplying ‘fit for purpose’ training that equips delegates with the knowledge and skills they need to perform their role safely, ethically and professionally.

Contact: Jim O’Dwyer
AEGIS Skills Ltd, Suite 2 Camelot, 6 Watkin Rd, Bournemouth BH5 1HP
T: 01202 773 736 E:

The National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS)

The National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) is a non-profit making professional organisation of Healthcare Managers in the United Kingdom, who are responsible for security. The NAHS works to improve security in healthcare facilities through training and the exchange of information and experiences. The NAHS, as a stakeholder in healthcare security, aims to support the NHS Security Management Service (SMS) as it develops the strategic direction and development of NHS healthcare security.

Contact: Peter Finch CSyP CPP, FSyI FInstLM MCMI MIEM
Trust Security Adviser & Local Security Management Specialist (0025)
Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham, B18 7QH
Tel:  0121 507 4870

NHS Protect

NHS Protect is the operating name of the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service. NHS Protect provides policy and operational guidance relating to the management of security within the NHS in England. It strives to ensure permanent improvements are made to provide the best protection for NHS staff and property.

Contact: Richard Hampton, Head of Local Support and Development Services, NHS Protect.
Tel: 0207 895 4500

Nov 20, 2012 04:01 PM
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