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Published on 22 July 2021

Security services in NHS Scotland

Security services, within healthcare, play a key role in underpinning the safe delivery of all services in the NHS and are often the members of staff with whom staff, patients and visitors have contact in a conflict or criminal situation.

What we do

The services provided by Security staff have changed significantly to meet new demands and to incorporate new technology as they are introduced, along with statutory and legislative requirements. Changes to the design and use of healthcare buildings, the need for enhanced security across the estate and the increase in the potential risk has added to the role and responsibilities of Security staff based within healthcare settings over recent years.

Safe and compliant

Security Management Framework for NHS Boards in Scotland (SHFN 03-01)

This Framework aims to address the important issues of safety and security for staff and patients from physical and non-physical assaults, crime prevention and the related activities of training, reporting and monitoring of performance and continuous improvement. The purpose of this Framework is to introduce the security standards for NHSScotland and provide guidance on their implementation.

Download the Security Management Framework for NHS Boards in Scotland.

Security Services Standards for NHSScotland Security Leads (SHFN 03-02)

These standards have been developed to describe the minimum arrangements which should be implemented by the responsible person for the management of security in a healthcare setting. This contributes to the strategic objectives of the organisation and provides assurance to Boards that services are operating in an environment that is as safe and secure as possible.

Download the Security Services Standards for NHSScotland Security Leads.

Lockdown: Controlling Movement and Access within Healthcare Facilities: A Framework for NHSScotland (SHFN 03-04)

This document reflects best practice and draws on consolidated experience of healthcare organisations that have implemented controlled movement procedures in response to major incidents. It highlights that such procedures may be a first or a last resort and the extent of the control measures imposed may vary in scope, type and duration according to the assessed risks, threats or hazards

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Get in touch

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