Job Title: Clinical Lead (Senior Paramedic) Prison Service Paramedic
Place of Work: HMP Highpoint (& HMP Channings Wood 2019-2021)
What does your job include?
I am privileged to now head a small team of Healthcare professionals in a secure environment. I started off as the Senior Paramedic and have recently taken up the role as Clinical Lead, a role that has traditionally been nursing. I cover the code calls (red and blue) along side other nursing staff which in essence are the emergency calls within the prison that require an immediate response. Theses calls are covered by Government legislation and require a 999 ambulance to be called straight away. Part of introducing Paramedics into the prisons was to ensure that the patients get the right care at the right time, but also to assist the prison in making sure that only those that need to be conveyed to hospital are. There has been a great reduction in patients going to hospital, as they can be managed at point of contact, suture, wound care, blood tests, monitoring etc. Other aspect include assessing patients for referral to other specialist services, triage or acute conditions, minor injuries and minor illness problems. Some times we are asked to attend Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT reviews). This document and process is used for those patients needing more assistance when at time of crisis or if they feel like they are going to deliberate self harm or make attempts on their own life. Another aspect is to attend planned patient removals from one location to another, if this involves control and