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FOI – 000111 Advice within SHFN03-01H (HTML)

Published on 27 May 2022

**Date received – 12 May 2022: Date responded – 27 May 2022 **


Dear NSS, Advice in SHFN03-01 indicated The standard that should be applied when recruiting security staff is, BS7858 – 'The Code of Practice for Security Screening of Personnel Employed in a Security Environment', which sets out the vetting process to be followed.

BS7858 indicated SIA licensing vetting checks.

Can you clarify on the back of SHFN03-01 ;

  • That hospital security staff should be PVG checked as they will have contact at work with vulnerable adults and children
  • that best practices for security staff working in NHS Scotland is to be SIA Licenced as outlined in BS7858
  • can you confirm security staff must have adequate PPE


I can advise you that we have now completed the search of our records and can provide you with the following information:

National Services Scotland (NSS) Security staff do not work within areas or come into contact with vulnerable adults/children, therefore PVG is deemed not applicable. NSS Security is outsourced and all contractor staff working with NSS hold SIA licences. Where required all Security staff are provided or have access to appropriate PPE.

Under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Scotland Act an organisation does not require to provide information if it does not hold that information. SHFN03-01 – BS7858 ‘The Code of Practice for Security Screening of Personnel Employed in a Security Environment' Is advice only e.g. not mandatory. We would recommend you contact each individual Health

Board regarding their own practices as NHS National Services Scotland does not hold this information.

The FOI contact details for each Health Board are as follows:

Ayrshire and Arran -

Borders –

Dumfries and Galloway –

Fife –

Forth Valley –

Grampian –

Greater Glasgow and Clyde –

Highland –

Lanarkshire –

Lothian –

Orkney –

Shetland –

Tayside –

Western Isles –

I trust you will find the information of assistance and if you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you are unhappy with any aspect of how we have dealt with your request, you can make representations to us asking us to review the handling of your request. Please get in touch with us using the below contact details within 40 working days of the date of this correspondence:

NHS National Services Scotland
Gyle Square
1 South Gyle Crescent
EH12 9EB


If after a review you are still unhappy, you also have the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner, who can be contacted at Kinburn Castle, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS, or via their online application form.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact us at the above address.