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Healthcare Security Officer

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Healthcare Security Officer

Course Code: CI061SH
Course Level: 5
Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Security Studies
QQI Code: 5M2110
Duration: 1 Year
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Healthcare Security Officer
Healthcare Security Officer


Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Course Description

This specialised course is the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland and it has been developed in conjunction with St. James’ Hospital and SAR Security Solutions. It enables you to develop the skills required to carry out a security function in a healthcare setting such as a hospital, nursing home, clinic or primary care centre. The role of security officer in a healthcare setting merges the skills of a conventional security officer with specific additional skills that would be essential to work in a healthcare setting. As well as a structured programme of induction at St. James’ Hospital, this course features work experience at the hospital as well as on the job training in new generation technologies by SAR Security.

Course Content
  • Guarding Skills
  • Care Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Legal Practice and Procedure
  • Patient Moving and Handling
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Security Industry Procedures
  • Communications 
  • Work Experience
  • Elder Abuse
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Retail Security


Career Opportunities
Graduates of this course will gain the necessary skills and knowledge to be eligible to apply for work in a specialised custodial or healthcare setting but they will also have necessary core skills to work as a security officer in any traditional settings. 

Progression Opportunities
At Cavan Institute: : Graduates of this course may progress to the QQI level 6 course in Security Operations and Administration (Supervisory) or the Health Services Supervisory Management course also at level 6. Both course are available at Cavan Institute.
Elsewhere: Graduates of this course are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).
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