In April 2003 the NHS Security Management Service (NHS SMS) was created and assumed responsibility for all security related issues in the NHS in England with a particular priority given to violence against NHS staff. A comprehensive strategy has been implemented detailing both preventative and reactive action to be taken to tackle security related problems both nationally and locally.
An integral element of the strategy is the creation of a role for an accredited local security management specialist for every trust to develop the security work previously undertaken in the NHS to raise the standards of that work to a consistently high level.
In June 2006, the Department published a consultation paper, “Tackling Nuisance and Disturbance Behaviour on NHS Healthcare Premises: a paper for consultation”. As a result of the positive response to the proposals they are being explored with the Home Office, with a view to their introduction into a Criminal Justice Bill.