Recruitment drive for specialist healthcare provider

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 Jan Flawn CBE, founder and chair of PJ Care
Jan Flawn CBE, founder and chair of PJ Care

SPECIALIST healthcare provider PJ Care is launching a recruitment drive with the help of one of the biggest pop hits of the past 12 months.

PJ Care, the UK’s leading independent provider of neurological care and rehabilitation, is attracting new nursing and caring talent by releasing a video of staff singing and dancing to the Pharrell Williams number one ‘Happy’.

A film crew spent a day visiting PJ Care’s centres in Milton Keynes and Peterborough, as well as its head office in Bletchley, where staff boogied and grooved to the million-selling tune.

The video was originally made for an online care sector competition, but it has been re-edited to feature nurses, carers, cooks, cleaners, laundry staff and members of the head office team enjoying a day at PJ Care.

HR director Angela Johnson says PJ Care is looking to recruit a number of staff – many of them registered nurses – to work at its flagship Eagle Wood Neurological Care Centre in Peterborough, as well as at its three units in Milton Keynes.

Angela said: “We’re a vibrant, growing company, and we’re proud of our staff development initiatives – and that means vacancies have been created in a range of areas.

“With the video we wanted to show the kind of people we have working for us at PJ Care. They are all dedicated, hard-working and committed, but they also really enjoy what they do.

“That’s the kind of person we like to employ.

“Looking after people with serious conditions can be a real challenge, and very demanding – but it’s also rewarding and satisfying.”

PJ Care’s centres provide treatment, rehabilitation and care for people with a range of conditions including young onset dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, motor neurone disease and acquired brain injuries.

Angela added that staff at PJ Care, which was recently accredited with an Investors in People Gold standard, have a unique opportunity to develop and use their skills.

She said: “We have people here who have become experts in particular fields like Huntington’s disease, and we are constantly challenging, training and developing our staff.

“Nurses at PJ Care can achieve excellence in their field of expertise, and because they work closely with residents, patients and families, they can make a real and lasting different to people’s lives.

“They are able to see the contribution they are making, and the impact of the work they are doing. Something that’s not always true of working in the NHS.

“It’s a great environment in which to work.”

A special recruitment open day is being held at it Mallard House Neurological Care Centre in Milton Keynes on Saturday, July 19, between 10am to 2pm which will give potential employees an idea of what it’s like to work for PJ Care.

PJ Care was founded by registered nurse Jan Flawn CBE in 2000 – who herself appears in the video – after she was shocked to witness inappropriate care being given to young people with neurological conditions in some homes for older adults.

PJ Care’s chief executive officer Johann van Zyl said: “We specialise in the multi-disciplinary care of adults and work with residents, families, charities and the NHS to provide the highest quality care for our residents.

“Our residents’ care is at the heart of everything we do. We strive to nurture dignity, independence and privacy at our purpose-built facilities, through our highly trained multi-disciplinary teams, the care models we offer and the therapies and activities provided.”

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