Security Management

Security Management in the NHS

In 2003, the NHS Security Management Service (SMS), assumed strategic responsibility for the management of security in the NHS.NHS Protect is the ne name for NHS SMS. NHS Protect leads on work to identify and tackle crime across the health service. The aim is to protect NHS staff and resources from activities that would otherwise undermine their effectiveness and their ability to meet the needs of patients and professionals. Ultimately, this helps to ensure the proper use of valuable NHS resources and a safer, more secure environment in which to deliver and receive care.

5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust Security Management Arrangements

5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust is committed to security and has a Security Management Executive Director and Non-Executive Director who lead on security at Board level. This ensures that security is taken seriously at the highest levels within the organisation.

To assist the Executive Director there is a Local Security Management Specialists (LSMS), for looking after the protection of people and for the protection of property. The LSMS work closely with the Head of Learning Development. This ensures that the training given to staff is of the highest quality.

The LSMS are trained by the NHS SMS and are involved in performing a wide range of security related tasks:

  • Creating a "pro-security" culture amongst staff, professionals and the public.
  • Deterring those who may be minded to breach security.
  • Preventing security incidents or breaches from occuring.
  • Detecting security incidents and reporting them to the NHS SMS.
  • Investigating security incidents in a fair, objective and professional manner.
  • Applying a wide range of sanctions against those responsible for security incidents, involving a combination of procedural, disciplinary, civil and criminal action as appropriate.
  • Seeking redress through the criminal and civil justice systems against those whose actions lead to loss of NHS resources.

To include the protection of the following:

  • Patients and staff.
  • NHS property and assets.
  • Drugs, prescription forms and hazardous materials.

What is the LSMS looking for?

Your LSMS is keen to hear about the following kinds of incidents involving staff, service users or visitors:

  • Physical assault and non-pysical assault.
  • Harassment.
  • Theft.
  • Criminal damage.
  • Antisocial behaviour in and around where you work.
  • Genuine general security concerns.

The Trust will support any of its staff, service users and visitors who raise matters in good faith. Managers at all levels will ensure that issues raised are treated in an appropriate and serious manner.

Your participation is required

If something has come to your attention, which you think we should know about or investigate, please let us know. Remember, we can only deal with a concern if we know about it. All matters will be dealt with fairly and properly.

We are here to help you work in a safer environment. If you have any concerns or ideas on how to better improve security at your place of work please contact your Local Security Management Specialist who will be ready to listen.

If you wish to contact your LSMS:

Joanne Fowlis
Head of Resilience, Safety and Security

Telephone: 01925 664404 Ext: 3404




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