NHS Security Management Service

NHS Security Management Service

An NHS service established in 2003, responsible for the security of NHS staff and property in England, the remit of which is to protect NHS staff from violence and abuse, act against those who abuse, or attempt to abuse, NHS staff, and to help ensure the security of NHS property, facilities, equipment and other resources such as drugs.

The NHS Security Management Service works with the Department of Health, NHS bodies, NHS professionals, trade unions and other bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive, with the intention that over time, increased security will allow more money and time to be invested to make real and lasting improvements in protecting NHS staff and NHS property.
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The data, compiled by the NHS Security Management Service was recorded in the region between April 1, 2009 and March, 31 2010.
Figures compiled by the NHS Security Management Service show 56 members of the North East Ambulance Service were assaulted during the 2009/10, compared with 35 assaults in the previous year.
Before this study, no one had really made the connection to physical impact (of violence) other than physical injuries," said Susan Frith of the NHS Security Management Service.
Figures from the NHS Security Management Service show there were 2,843 assaults on staff in 2008/09, down from 3,445 in 2007/08.
The NHS Security Management Service (SMS) has started training staff on the use of personal security alarms, following the Department of Health's commitment in May to provide 30 000 alarms for NHS lone workers.
Richard Hampton, head of the NHS Security Management Service, said it would provide legal advice and assistance to staff pursuing private prosecutions.
Richard Hampton, head of the NHS security management service, said: "This new security profession is a first for the public sector.
A spokesman said the NHS Security Management Service (SMS) was committed to protecting the NHS from terrorism.
Richard Hampton, of the NHS Security Management Service which runs the courses, said: "We teach conflict resolution rather than selfdefence so that, where possible, nurses and other staff can deter or prevent abusive behaviour.
We are doing all we can to resolve this problem, working with both the police and the NHS Security Management Service.
The statistics, collected by the NHS Security Management Service (NHS SMS), show a fall of 1,690 last year.
Aggression on doctors and nurses totally unacceptable, say police:The agreement between the NHS Security Management Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers was last night hailed as was a step towards violence becoming a rarer occurrence in the NHS - in England.