Security staff

Security staff make sure that hospitals and other NHS sites are accessible and safe for patients, visitors and staff. They also protect buildings and valuable equipment.

This page has information on the role of security staff in the NHS, including entry requirements and skills needed. 

Working life

The NHS takes security very seriously. Patients need to be kept safe while in hospital, so access must be limited to people with a genuine reason to be on hospital premises.

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As a security officer, you'll be based close to the hospital entrance to monitor people going in and out. You will

If you work as a security team leader, you will

As a security manager, you'll be responsible for the security of one or more NHS sites. As well as managing staff you will

Where will I work?

Security team leaders and managers are office-based, but spend a lot of their time around the site, making sure everything is safe and secure and talking to staff.

Security staff may work for companies which provide security services to the NHS.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for security officers. Employers usually expect security staff to have some experience of security or customer service, particularly dealing with challenging situations. Employers may ask for relevant training. This can include qualifications required by the SIA (Security Industry Authority).

Employers expect a good standard of numeracy and literacy. They may ask for GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and maths. Employers may ask for a driving licence.

Staff joining the NHS as a team leader or manager need experience in security work or with a uniformed service such as the Army or police.

Skills needed

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Training and development

When you join the NHS in a security role, you will have an introduction to the hospital site, the departments and their systems and procedures. You will be expected to keep your skills and knowledge up to date by going on short courses on particular topics, such as conflict resolution or physical intervention.

Security staff can join the National Association for Healthcare Security.

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