The Medirest security team at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust in north London, were crowned winner for Healthcare Security Team of the Year, at the National Association for Healthcare Security event.
The National Association for Healthcare Security (NHAS), which runs the awards, is a non-profit professional body, promoting professional development and innovation for healthcare security. The association also acknowledges and celebrates excellence within healthcare security. It recognises innovation, exceptional service, and outstanding care.
North Mid’s security team received the National Award for Healthcare Security Team of the Year, recognising their commitment, dedication and excellence in keeping patients, visitors and staff safe. The team were particularly commended for its collaboration with the police in a year-long investigation into recurring car thefts, employing both overt and covert surveillance and implementing preventive measures.
Head of Security, Alex Kuye, who attended the event to accept the award leads a dedicated team responsible for the management of security in the hospital, ensuring continuous 24-hour safety.
Alex said: “Our team's unwavering commitment and proactive efforts secured this national award amidst over 200 competing NHS trusts. Our dedication extends beyond the clock, safeguarding not only staff, patients, and visitors but also the hospital's reputation. From countering organised crime in our car parks to addressing violence against our staff, we demonstrate resilience and a unique skill set. Collaborating with external partners, we've fortified safety measures, achieving tangible successes in protecting North Mid and its community."
Chief Executive of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Dr Nnenna Osuji, said: “We are very proud and grateful that Alex and his colleagues are part of our wider team at North Mid – they are relatively small but completely brilliant and highly valued. Working in difficult circumstances in an organisation that serves a population impacted by multiple challenges, our security colleagues proactively tackle and sensitively take care of issues that are of major importance to our patients, staff and local community.”
Russell Blake, Compass Group UK & Ireland – Healthcare, Managing Director, commented: “This team goes above and beyond to support the NHS staff, patients and visitors - playing a crucial role in the smooth running of the hospital. They clearly do a brilliant job and I am thrilled that has been recognised – thank you to them all.”