Nurse Call partnership with Courtney Thorne boosts Secom’s health and care portfolio

Graham Vickrage (left and Neil Fitzwalter

Graham Vickrage (left and Neil Fitzwalter

In a move that strengthens its position in the health and care sectors, Secom plc is partnering with Courtney Thorne to offer the care technology specialist’s Nurse Call solutions. This means that Secom will be able to offer existing and new NHS or private sector customers a seamless package of security systems and on-site call technology.

Neil Fitzwalter, head of Secom’s new Care Technology division, stated: “Our new partnership enables us to extend the concept of security down to the individual needs of hospital patients and care home residents. To achieve this, we needed a proven solution from a manufacturer of future-proof systems, coupled with appropriate levels of support. Courtney Thorne’s systems are an excellent fit for our needs.”

The partnership also gives Courtney Thorne access to a wider UK market through Secom’s nationwide presence.

Bournemouth-based Courtney Thorne has manufactured call systems for more than 50 years and, since 1990, has focused on the development of wireless call systems for hospitals and care homes.

Graham Vickrage, Courtney Thorne’s managing director, commented: “To have a leading international security company like Secom choose us as a solutions partner is very exciting. We look forward to working with them.”

Courtney Thorne’s own solutions include cloud-based monitoring tools that enable hospital and care home managers to analyse activity and performance data.

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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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