Monthly Archives: September 2012

Central register for underperforming security companies proposed

Security companies that underperform when delivering public services could find themselves on a central register. Following an investigation into the G4S Olympic security fiasco, the Home Affairs Select Committee has proposed creating a log of high-risk companies that have failed to deliver when contracted for public jobs. This register will help form the basis of […]

Healthcare sector has significant BYOD potential

The results of a recent survey highlight the potential within healthcare sector services to embrace bring your own device (BYOD) policies, as a means to improve operations. Third Sector claim that more than 90 per cent of their readership uses a Smartphone, while 20 per cent have an iPad or other tablet device. This large […]

What can be learnt from the Olympic Security fiasco?

Many have been left questioning what lessons can be drawn from the Olympics security debacle, after a House of Commons home affairs select committee inquiry into the fiasco was held last week (September 11th). During the proceedings, G4S, who was given the much sought after Olympic security contract, was cross-examined by a group of MPs, […]

Intermediate care essential to prevent hospital admissions and increase independence

The first ever national audit of intermediate care has revealed an improvement of the service is needed to reduce the number of acute hospital admissions and ensure that older adults can live independently for longer. Conducted by the British Geriatrics Society, the study indicates that current demand for intermediate care is outstripping supply and there […]

Schools amp up security but is strategy fit for purpose?

Schools in England, Scotland and Wales are increasing their security and surveillance but concerns have been raised as to whether their current strategy is fit for purpose. There are currently 100,000 CCTV cameras in secondary schools and academies across the UK, according to the report ‘The Class of 1984‘ by Big Brother Watch. Based on […]

Scrutiny of care homes increases; can providers pre-empt reforms?

Following the recent unveiling of several failures of care, such as the Winterbourne View scandal, scrutiny of the health and social care sector is increasing. An independent survey is set to be conducted across 850 care homes in the UK, the results of which will form the basis of action on behalf of the Care […]

Security firms must seek competitive edge as outsourcing levels drop

Security firms must look for ways to give themselves a competitive edge amid a growing cross-sector trend to reduce outsourcing levels. Many businesses subcontract their security operations rather than dealing with them in-house, to ensure they have a professional services managing such a vital part of their business. However, KPMG’s latest global pulse survey revealed […]

High quality care vital for patient independence

High quality home care will be vital in supporting older adults looking to live independently for longer. Research from Age UK has shown that people are increasingly buying homes for life and 77 per cent of adults are currently happy in their property. This trend continues into old age and individuals are reluctant to leave […]

Security guards can play key role in reducing freight crime

An organised and effective security force can play a key role in any strategy to reduce freight crime. Every year the country’s economy loses £1 billion as a result of criminals targeting trucks, cargo trains and ships, according to Netwatch. Fuel, metal and vehicles are much sought after commodities at the moment, putting vulnerable freights […]

Resource management: Health and Social care workers spread thin

Resource management in the health and social care sector must be improved, as research has revealed workers consider themselves to be spread too thin. According to a report by Randstad, the average British health care employee works the equivalent of a seven-and-a-half day week. A large majority also claim they are doing the job of […]