Healthcare security e-Learning from AEGIS Protective Services gains Skills for Security accreditation

Skills for Security has announced the accreditation of two e-Learning courses for healthcare security officers devised by AEGIS Protective Services.

A healthcare security officer’s role is recognised as one of the most challenging and demanding within the security profession. Besides guarding against the growing menace of terrorism and protecting millions of pounds’ worth of assets and resources against loss by theft, fraud, waste and/or damage on a daily basis, healthcare security officers are also called upon to manage emotional, frightened, desperate and vulnerable people as well as volatile situations. In each case, failing to make the correct decision could have disastrous and potentially even lethal outcomes. Such scenarios must be avoided.

The AEGIS Healthcare Security Officer Training and Healthcare Security Officer ‘Top Up’ Training courses are the result of a comprehensive ‘Knowledge-Needs’ assessment by healthcare security professionals following on from a ‘risk assessment’ of the role of a security officer working in the NHS. The training is specifically designed to drive up standards of security in healthcare settings on a national footing.

The ‘Top Up’ course is for those individuals who are already Security Industry Authority trained, enabling them to upgrade to the new training standard while avoiding the expense of training duplication.

Available online, the course content may be studied when and where convenient, with learners having up to 18 months to complete the programme.

On achieving accreditation from Skills for Security, Jim O’Dwyer from AEGIS Protective Services said: “I’m very pleased and proud to have gained accreditation by Skills for Security for the Healthcare Security Officer Training e-learning courses, and would like to thank and praise all those who’ve contributed towards the development of the programmes, including the National Association for Healthcare Security and all the NHS security managers and security officers whose feedback has helped shape the new training.”

The achievement of accreditation from Skills for Security is setting the benchmark. Accreditation is the formal recognition that ensures training is meeting the appropriate criteria for Best Practice, and that it either meets or indeed exceeds nationally recognised training standards.

Skills for Security’s accreditation endorses quality courses, training providers and trainers as well as in-house training schemes for the security industry, giving employers and individuals alike full confidence that the training they’re considering has been approved by the sector’s dedicated skills body.

*Further information is available by contacting Skills for Security on (telephone) 01905 744000 or via e-mail at: To view the courses visit the AEGIS website

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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