The National Association for Healthcare Security was formed in 1994, as a non profit making professional organisation in the United Kingdom. The NAHS works to continually improve security in healthcare facilities through training and the exchange of information and experiences. We aim to promote co-operation and development amongst our members and provide them with current information through our website, conferences, meetings and events that are designed to meet the challenges and complexities of protecting modern medical facilities.
Healthcare Security is one of the most complex security functions. We aim to support and enable healthcare provision through the delivery of professional security; ultimately enhancing the healthcare environment. The NAHS, as a stakeholder in healthcare security, supports NHS Protect (NHSP) as it develops the strategic direction and development of NHS healthcare security. This is reflected in NAHS membership of NHSP working groups as a key stakeholder.
The NAHS is associated with the Forum for Healthcare Security in Ireland and has links to Heatlhcare Security in New Zealand. The NAHS also has formal links with the Security Institute and ASIS UK Chapter 208.
The NAHS, as a stakeholder in healthcare security, aims to support NHS Protect (NHSP) as it develops the strategic direction and development of NHS healthcare security. This is already reflected in meetings with and membership of NHSP working parties and committees by members of the NAHS.
The NAHS operates in a single national network headed by the Association’s Chairman supported by a board of directors who form the NAHS Executive Committee.
Roles and Responsibilities
The role of the NAHS is to:
- Contribute to the debates on legislation, policy and guidelines.
- Promote education training and professional development
- Identify innovation and best practice.
- Encourage face-to-face networking.
- Promote exchanges of experience and information.
- Make new contacts and consolidate those already made.
- Contribute as a key stakeholder with NHS Protect promoting the collective viewpoint of healthcare security managers.
- Lobby our collective views outside the NHS LSMS/ASMS structure and to hold NHS Protect to account for their activity.