Do you know someone who would like to work for PRIME?

Working for us will provide an exciting and challenging opportunity to progress your career and the chance to make a real difference to people’s lives.

We currently have a vacancy for an Administration Officer

Full time – £15,000 per annum + Contributory Pension Scheme

Fixed-Term Contract to cover Maternity Leave and Secondment

This position requires a well-motivated person with initiative and drive plus proven ability both to take responsibility for the key administrative tasks of a growing organisation and to participate in the development of new and existing projects.

PRIME is essentially run electronically with a minimum of paper correspondence. The position therefore inevitably demands a high degree of computer literacy, excellent minute-taking and meeting arrangement experience and familiarity with databases and internet communications.

All our administrative activity is carried out in our pleasant office in Battle, East Sussex working within a lively and dedicated team.

Informal enquiries welcome.

The full Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form are available on the PRIME website

All potential applicants are requested to visit the website to ensure they understand the nature of the organisation and are able to align themselves with the PRIME Christian vision and methodology.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for Applications – Noon on Friday 30th June 2017
  • Interview Date – Thursday 6th July 2017
  • Start Date – Monday 11th September 2017

Contract Details

This is a fixed term contract starting on Monday 11th September 2017 and ending when the person/persons whose work this role covers returns to work, when it will automatically terminate. PRIME cannot guarantee any minimum or maximum period of employment.

Annual Leave Entitlement: 22 days per annum plus statutory holidays and any working days between Christmas and New Year.

All our roles allow for flexible working patterns by agreement with the role supervisor.

Unsurprisingly given the nature of PRIME’s activities we recognise that people from different backgrounds can bring fresh perspective and skills. We therefore value diversity and welcome interest from all sections of the community and are committed to building and reinforcing a culture where people value each other and treat each other with dignity and respect. Operations Team members are not required to be Christians, though they should have an understanding of the principles and values of the organisation and will be expected to abide by these.





Palliative Care Day 2017

PRIME are running a Palliative Care Day on th 7th July in London.

For more information and to register please see the website.

Does your consulting room need wheels?

Designerchairs_Coffee_red.jpgRecently I was involved in a PRIME workshop in Hastings, Sierra Leone.  We were discussing communication within the setting of a compassionate consultation and I was asked “How can body language change when you are seated?” The questioner and I embarked on an impromptu practical demonstration with two chairs and a makeshift consulting desk.  This enabled me to demonstrate the three seating positions that clinicians can adopt in a patient encounter1.

In a hospital ward, consultations are more likely to take place with the doctor standing and the patient lying in a bed.  This reinforces the doctor’s authority, and ensures a significant professional and emotional distance from the patient. Compassion may be compromised.

The clinician who sits behind the consulting desk, opposite the patient, is equally detached from the patient. There may, however, be personal or social circumstances when this more formal seating arrangement is preferred by both clinician and patient.  The desk is a barrier. Both clinician and patient are maintaining a “position of independence”.

Adopting a seating arrangement diagonally across the corner of the desk we could call a “position of collaboration”.  There is still a degree of detachment but the professional distance is reduced.  This is an advancement of the patient’s status rather than a demotion of the clinician.  A starting position greater than 50cms away from the patient is advisable.  As the consultation progresses, awareness of the patient’s body language and an understanding of relevant social norms enables the clinician to judge how closely to approach the patient. Moving towards the patient is an action which suggests increased engagement and commitment to helping the patient. It is an expression of patient-centredness.  This position is the easiest for maintaining good eye to eye contact with all patients.  Moving away from the patient can be used as a non-verbal clue to signal the end of the consultation.

The third seating arrangement is the one that we adopt most infrequently, but it also has a significant impact on the consultation.  This seating arrangement is sitting alongside the patient, as we would do for example sat on a sofa, or beside a relative at a family meal.  A consultation will not start with this seating arrangement, but in my experience adopting this “position of commitment” has profound effects on the dynamics of the consultation.  Though this involves moving into the patient’s “intimate zone” ( ie less than 50cms apart) there are non-threatening ways of doing so and gaining patient consent.  You can offer to sit by the patient to share the details of a prescription, agree and write down a management plan, or give written safety netting instructions. A patient with a grievance attending with some documentation is immediately calmed if you verbally acknowledge his feelings and sit alongside him to read it.  There is an automatic inference that issues are shared when seated in this position, thus expressing support, and showing care, and commitment. By moving alongside the patient we have moved from our clinical domain into the patient’s world.  I believe this empowers patients, builds up their confidence and encourages hopefulness.

Why not move your chair around and be alert to the response? Wheels on your consulting room chair may help, but no, they are not needed!

Communication Skills Training for Health Professionals By David Dickson, Owen Hargie, N. C. Morrow. 2nd edition ISBN 0 412 61450 2 Page 81

1 Haslam D.  Who cares? The James MacKenzie Lecture 2006 Br. J Gen Pract 2007;57(545)987-993