National Association for Healthcare Security Conference aims to ‘Protect The Millions’

The National Association for Healthcare Security’s (NAHS) 2018 Conference runs in Birmingham on Thursday 8 November. Organised once again with the assistance of AllSecurityEvents, the theme for this year’s gathering is ‘Protecting The Millions’. Risk Xtra is an Official Media Partner for the event, which is previewed here by Brian Sims.

The 2018 edition of the NAHS Annual Conference runs from 9.00 am through until 5.00 pm and features several Keynote Speakers, among them Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI (founder of the Security Research Initiative), Mike Neville MCSFS (chairman of the Association of Super Recognisers and CEO of Super Recognisers International) and mental health practitioner Caroline Sweeney.

As a DCI at New Scotland Yard, Mike Neville was the founder and head of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Central Forensic Image Team and Super Recogniser Unit. It’s currently estimated that there are 5.9 million CCTV cameras in Great Britain alone, with this number expected to continue to increase in line with the quality and availability of CCTV technology. As the number of images available increases, so does the need for skilled professionals to review the footage and identify criminal individuals. This is where Super Recognisers play their part.

Super Recognisers are people with extraordinarily good facial recognition ability. It’s the extreme opposite of prosopagnosia. It’s estimated that 1-2% of the population are Super Recognisers who can remember 80% of faces they have seen. The average person can only remember about 20% of faces they’ve seen. Super Recognisers have proven to be far superior to computer recognition systems. They’re trained in behavioural analysis, facial mapping and gait analysis.

Prevent and Channel

Jangeer Kayani, the Counter-Terrorism Policing and Project Servator specialist, is also due to speak on the day. Kayani is a recently retired police officer with 30 years’ experience in the West Midlands Police, finishing his last decade as a DI working on Prevent and Channel within the West Midlands Counter-Terrorism Unit.

Kayani has worked in a variety of positions within the police and has extensive operational experience in both uniformed and plain clothes specialist roles. He has policed some of the most challenging and deprived areas in the West Midlands as well as having had significant roles as a senior manager.

The theme for this year is ‘Protecting The Millions’ of individuals who work within/deal with/are treated by the dedicated staff operating across the sector. Practitioners who have served the sector particularly well through the past 12 months are to be recognised at the NAHS’ Annual Security Awards.

Main sponsors this time around are B-Cam and Paxton plus Carlisle Support Services and Axis Communications. Exhibitors in the parallel exhibition include TrackTik, Corps Security, Skyguard and Multitone Electronics as well as CriticalArc.

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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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