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Safety & Security Lead




The Ayr Clinic, Dalmellington Road, Ayr, KA6 6PT

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time





Job Advert Role Description

The Ayr Clinic is made up of a well-established 36 bedded low secure hospital, and an 8 bedded specialised step-down facility for men and women with mental illness and/or personality disorder. The Ayr Clinic is situated in the coastal town of Ayr in West Central Scotland.   


To ensure, in conjunction with the Hospital Director, the Health, Safety and Security Committees that the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of the Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and The Ayr Clinic’s Fire Risk assessments are complied with as far as reasonably practicable. The jobholder will promote the Priory Groups standards, policies and guidance in relation to Health, Safety and Security to ensure the well-being of staff, patients and visitors.

To ensure that Priory Ayr Clinic services comply with the requirements of the wider Groups Safety & Security Strategy and national standards relating to secure care and locked rehabilitation provision.

To ensure that each unit complies with the requirements of the Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Health and Safety Executive and the Mental Welfare Commission where domain requirements include input from health and safety and security perspective.

To support key staff within the teams and committees to provide security and health and safety expertise.


The Safety and Security Lead role will be responsible for a range of detailed initiatives and strategies that deliver a pro-active, modernised and efficient approach on staff and patient health, safety and welfare.

Promote and lead on the concepts of relational, procedural and physical security across the Ayr Clinic estate ensuring that this supports the effective therapeutic treatment of patients.

Provide current, evidence based advice and information to multi-disciplinary teams through communication and consultation processes by keeping up-to-date on current legislation.

Provide advice to all staff on the concepts of risk assessment and risk management. Work closely with ward and direct care staff in the assessment and management of risks posed by patients based on best security and clinical practice.

To lead on preparation and demonstrate readiness for external reviews of the service (including peer reviews, regulatory inspections, themed visits) in relation to safety and security.

Understand the benefits of least restrictive practice and have the ability to manage risk around a rapidly growing and complex environment.

Lead on Business Continuity Management Systems that directly affect Operational Safety and Security.

Facilitating the continued professional development of all staff in relation to operational security and health and safety


Key Outputs

•           Maintenance and delivery of Security Strategy requirements on all security, health and safety aspects. Provide support, mentoring and direction to relevant staff in adherence to this.

•           Satisfactory feedback from regulatory visits and inspections.

•           Act as a liaison between local authorities and the Units.

•           Develop and maintain effective communication with stakeholders during a project cycle.

•           High staff awareness of Health, Safety & Security issues through training, adherence to policies and procedures and effective communication and consultation

•           Manage the relevant security/health and safety projects/work streams within the Ayr Clinic and Annex Units. This includes building a strong relationship with local enforcing authorities.

•           To provide advice to multi-disciplinary teams on the management of risk and security in relation to individual patient’s needs.

•           Provide detailed reports to the hospital governance frameworks and multi-disciplinary teams in relation to security and safety as required.

•           Liaise with the all staff groups to enable and encourage them to establish a culture of optimal practice in workplace health, safety and security.

•           Manage two management systems simultaneously to ensure Safety and Security measures are aligned with departmental requirements and business objectives.

•           To facilitate ongoing qualitative review of health, safety and security induction and annual refresher training to ensure current and evidence based best practice is promoted by competencies and quality of training is to a consistently high standard.

Key Relationships and Duties

•           Hospital Director and Senior Management Team

•           Local and Regional Health & Safety Committee

•           Departmental heads and leads

•           Regional Health and Safety Advisor

•           Security Committee members

•           External/Internal stakeholders

•           Decision Making Authority

•           To Chair the local Security Committee

•           Advise on the Health and Safety Committee.

•           Represent Health Safety and Security at the Hospital Governance Meetings.

•           Take decisions at operational level in the attainment and maintenance of Priory Groups Security Strategy, Healthcare Improvement Scotland requirements and any other regulatory authority.

Key Performance Indicators

•           Ensure Health and Safety Management Systems are maintained and delivered in-line with company objectives and regional expectations.

•           To provide and disseminate security and health and safety information throughout the services. This may be acquired either from corporate sources or from outside the organisation or as a result of particular information from within the hospital.

•           Ensure new staff receive training covering security, health and safety policies and procedures, practical fire procedures, use of firefighting equipment, hazard, accident and incident reporting procedures.

•           To monitor accidents, incidents and near misses in the hospital and across the service from data obtained from incident recording system (DATIX), ensuring the accident reporting procedure is followed and by taking the relevant steps to minimise the risk of reoccurrence.

•           Lead on any Civil Litigation case pertaining to potential breaches in Health, Safety & Security through incident investigation and regulatory expectations such as RIDDOR reporting.

•           To arrange regular security and health and safety audits of all areas of the hospital and overseeing the actions from these by evaluating the effectiveness.

•           To attend corporate management/health and safety meetings with representatives from clinical/non-clinical departments as well as the hospital management. These minutes will be shared with all departments across the service.

•           To review risk management/health and safety policies and procedures on an annual basis or more frequently if required, adhering to corporate health and safety manuals, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Health and Safety Executive guidance criteria as the minimum standards to be maintained.

•           To develop safe systems of work within the service through evidence based processes.

•           To develop a positive safety culture and lead on the site induction process for safety and security matters.

•           Ensure disaster recovery and evacuation plans are developed in conjunction with advisors and for each service and provide support and instruction to all those tasked with implementing the emergency plan.

•           Take every reasonable opportunity to maintain and improve professional competence in relation to the post whilst keeping abreast of national and international developments within the speciality of forensic and secure mental health.



•           The post holder will hold a degree level or equivalent qualification in either risk management or Health & Safety i.e. NEBOSH/NCRQ Diploma.

•           The Post holder will have or be willing to work toward an accredited Security Management Qualification.

•           A teaching qualification such as CTLLS is desirable.


•           Clear record of ongoing continuing professional development.

•           Knowledge of Best Practice Guidance for both Health and Safety and Security.

•           Practical experience of providing high quality of care.

•           Able to evidence through best practice assessment of needs, able to demonstrate appropriate plan for any risks posed.

•           Evidence of good written and verbal communication skills.

•           Able to undertake supervision, mentoring and appraisals.

•           Able to undertake thorough risk assessment; assess, plan and evaluate.

•           Demonstrate effective leadership (motivation, initiative, change management) skills.

•           Knowledge of legislation and guidelines relevant to area of practice.

•           Sound awareness and understanding of Security and Health & Safety issues.

•           Positive culture carrier.


•           The Post holder will have experience in working in a complex and challenging environment with the ability to align management systems to business objectives.


Using the “1,2,3” scale, where: 1=Basic, 2=Important, 3=Critical

•           Experience of project work incorporating system change. (2)

•           Enthusiasm and innovation.(3)

•           Able to evidence successfully providing formal training to others. (2)

•           Clinical/professional audit skills.(2)

•           Evidence of effective working with other disciplines/ departments.(3)

•           Competent leader (2)

•           Good communicator (3)

•           Logical and disciplined (3)

•           Thorough and precise (3)

•           Positive Culture Carrier (3)

•           Excellent organisational skills (3)


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About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services to adults and young people, Priory Group promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes, education facilities and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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