Achievement of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner code of practice for use of body worn cameras

The Problem

The Great North Air Ambulance (GNAAS) decided that they were going to introduce the use of body worn cameras when out on missions throughout the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. The idea behind this was to allow effective debriefing and training from medical cases of major trauma and serious illness. Whilst wanting to introduce this, they were also keen to ensure they were using good practice. 

The Process  

The first step is the completion of the commissioner's self assessment tool, followed by the submission to a certification body.

Dr Dave Bramley said "I felt what we were trying to do would be extremely useful, however also potentially very sensitive. I wanted to develop a system that was governed in a robust and transparent manner, and complied with relevant legislation. I felt it would be invaluable to have the benefit of an independent expert reviewing our system in order to identify areas of good practice but also areas which could be developed further". 

He went on to say "Our use of the body worn camera is different to the more typical and well-described mainly forensic purposes. As such, there was relatively little advice available for our specific medical debriefing purpose. IQV understood this from the start".

The Benefit

Third party certification lets organisations clearly demonstrate that they comply with the surveillance camera code of practice. Dr Dave Bramley said "Third party certification brings us the confidence that what we are doing is secure and effective and we are able to demonstrate compliance with appropriate legislation".