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.