Prison Paramedic - HMP Altcourse Liverpool, Merseyside £33,000

Prison Paramedic - HMP Altcourse

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside |
Salary: £33,000 |
Posted: 2 Oct 2018 |
Closes: 27 Nov 2018 |
Job Type: Permanent & Full-time |
Business Unit: Health Services |
Region / Division: UK & Ireland |
Reference: 7202

Role Responsibility:

Prison Paramedic

HMP Altcourse, Liverpool

£33,000 per annum

Full Time - 40 hours per week 


Are you looking for career within a prison healthcare environment?

Are you a hard-working, enthusiastic and motivated Paramedic with excellent communication skills, who is committed to delivering high standards of patient care in a Prison Setting? If so, then read on!


HMP Altcourse is a Category B local prison receiving sentenced and remand young offender and adult male prisoners from the courts in Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales. The prison can accommodate 1,324 prisoners in safe custody. 

At HMP Altcourse we are committed to providing the highest standards of healthcare to prisoners in our care. Our healthcare team is staffed 24 hours a day and is made up of qualified Nurses and Health Care Assistants.

Our staff approach their work in prisons and secure settings with a professionalism and commitment that lays the foundations for improved services and recognises the dignity of the individual. All our employees are selected and trained to respect the human rights and needs of detainees or prisoners. All staff are security vetted and provided with thorough induction training. 

We are looking for experienced Paramedics to join our Health Care team at HMP Altcourse. This is an ideal opportunity for Paramedics who are seeking to broaden their range of skills and knowledge in caring for people detained in a prison as part of a multi-disciplinary team. You will work collaboratively with other service provider partners to provide high quality patient care.


Job Outline:

  • To provide high quality emergency care and minor injury treatment to patients with both primary care and acute care needs in a prison setting by playing an active part in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the patients care.
  • To provide care for the physical and mental health needs of offenders in line with professional, contractual and company requirements.

This role requires a Registered Paramedic to work as part of a team delivering care to patients both within the Healthcare Centres and on the Wings / House blocks within the prison environment. The Registered Paramedic will work as part of a team of Primary Care Nurses within a HMP site.

The role requires you to function autonomously and within your sphere of competency, whilst being a support and resource to less experienced members of staff. You must be able to assess patients, plan their care, administer treatment and discharge them or refer them as appropriate to other healthcare professionals / external agencies. The HMP sites are clinical facilities which require an individual to have the ability to work effectively as part of a multi professional team within a fast pace environment, in line with the protocols and policies of the local Service and G4S and professional bodies.



  • Ensure that identified lines of communication are maintained with patients, colleagues and external agencies to demonstrate politeness and courtesy and sensitivity promoting the corporate image of G4S
  • Play an integral role in ensuring that junior team members are aware of local and general Health & Safety matters, Clinical Governance and other on-going issues, which arise including patient safety issues
  • Provide and organise support through the means of clinical supervision in accordance with G4S company policy.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be able to motivate and persuade others through advanced communication skills.

Clinical governance

  • To participate and assist in the systematic monitoring, review and evaluation of paramedic practice through clinical audit.
  • To participate and assist in the setting of standards of patient care based on sound research findings.
  • Work within G4S Clinical Governance framework.
  • Take a personal responsibility to maintain HCPC registration and professional development in line with the expectations of the role.
  • Promote clinical excellence and best evidence based practice reflecting G4S nursing philosophy. 
  • Maintain confidentiality of information regarding patients, families and friends at all times.
  • Ensure full and accurate records are maintained and confidentially policy adhered to.
  • Participates in the reporting of Clinical and Non-Clinical Risk Assessments and incidents.
  • Be conversant and comply with G4S Health and Safety Policy.
  • Assist in the investigation of verbal and written complaints according to Company Policy.

Clinical Professional Responsibilities

  • Act as a positive role model to staff and patients.
  • Conduct Clinical interventions where appropriately trained and competent
  • To respond to all emergency codes in accordance with agreed protocols.
  • Participating in procedures where appropriately trained and competent i.e. Wound closure,  haemorrhage  control and wound care
  • Cardiac and Stroke intervention / competent in the monitoring of physiological observations by undertaking a full assessment using a structured and prioritised approach and the recognition of the acutely ill patient e.g. ABCDE approach, ECG recognition, pathways for strokes and the diagnosis and referral of a range of cardiac conditions
  • To determine the appropriate destination for the patient to include the initiation of treatment linked to an agreed and regulated care pathway in association with other health, mental and social care professionals in cases where transport to hospital is not required.
  • Assess individual’s health needs.
  • Provision of holistic care.
  • Administer emergency treatment within local guidelines / protocols within own scope of practice.
  • To maintain competencies associated with the role ensuring you are working within your own limitations / scope of practice.
  • Administer medication within Patient Group Directions or if qualified and appropriate to the centre via Independent Nurse Prescribing.
  • Develop / maintain advanced clinical skills. i.e., suturing, paramedic led clinics
  • Develop/maintain advanced clinical skills and knowledge in relation to dynamic patient case mix.
  • Referral / sign posting to appropriate health professionals / services.
  • Provide patient information and education.
  • Ensure G4S clinical protocols are adhered to at all times.
  • Work at all times within the relevant code of professional conduct.
  • Support line managers.
  • To participate and assist in the setting of standards of patient care based on sound research findings.
  • Maintain own personal and professional development plan, in line with G4S Company and service objectives. 
  • Appraise own performance and discuss development needs with mentors, supervisors and line manager. Appraise more junior staff members as applicable to the role / structure.
  • Participate in regular clinical supervision.
  • Support and supervise junior staff/students.
  • Be conversant and comply with the Service’s fire precautions and procedures for evacuation and emergency resuscitation.
  • Assist with the triage role as appropriate
  • To maintain standards of infection control within the unit and during clinical care and to assist patients to maintain their own infection control needs.

Education and Training

  • To have a proactive approach to self-development, working within the appropriate professional bodies code of conduct (HCPC).
  • Be involved in health care initiatives and health promotion within the unit and local community.
  • To participate and assist in the systematic monitoring, review and evaluation of Paramedic practice through clinical audit. Providing feedback results to line managers and staff to improve patient care in the unit.
  • To research, develop, introduce and apply up to date research-based findings to paramedic practice, thus ensuring best evidence based practice is followed.
  • Show commitment to lifelong learning and a learning environment through personal example and dissemination of skills, attitude and knowledge to others.
  • Maintain registration with the appropriate professional body (HCPC) and professional development in line with the expectations of the role.
  • Comply with the G4S appraisal system and attend appraisal annually.
  • To participate in and deliver training within the unit.
  • Ensure updated mandatory training requirements are met and equipment training records are maintained.

Quality Issues

  • Promote clinical excellence and best evidence practice reflecting G4S clinical philosophy.
  • Participate in annual review of protocols and evidence based documentation.
  • Participate in Primary Care clinical audit strategy.
  • Act responsibly as an employee to maintain a safe and healthy environment for service users, visitors and staff.
  • Reporting any incidents as per local guidelines.
  • Advocate for patients where feedback has been received.

Performance Assessment

  • Participate fully in an annual appraisal process and agree a personal development plan that will ensure that the objectives of the individual, the team are achieved.


  • Carry out your duties at all times with due regard to the Company’s equal opportunities policy.

Health and Safety:

As an employee of G4S, the post holder has a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, to:-

  • Take reasonable care of the health and safety of themselves and all other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.
  • Co-operate with their employer to ensure compliance with Health and Safety legislation and the Health and Safety policies and procedures of the treatment centre, not intentionally or recklessly interfere with, or misuse, anything provided in the interests of health, safety, or welfare, in pursuance of any of the relevant statutory provisions.

Data Protection

The post holder must at all times respect the confidentiality of information in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.  This includes, if required to do so, obtain, process and/or use information held on a computer in a fair and lawful way, to hold data only for the specified registered purposes and to use or disclose data only to authorised persons or organizations as instructed.

This list of duties and responsibilities is by not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as reasonably required.

This job description is subject to regular review and appropriate modification.


The Ideal Candidate:

Essential Skills:

  • HCPC Registered Paramedic, with at least 2 years post qualification experience
  • Experience of working within a team
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of literacy and numeracy
  • Able to provide examples of diversity in practice
  • Able to work within challenging and complex situations
  • Experience of working with potentially aggressive people
  • Evidence of ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships at all levels

Desirable Skills:

  • Evidence of further development of own clinical practice
  • Degree level qualification or above
  • Experience of involvement in innovation or change
  • Evidence of working within a ‘value for money’ service

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