PJ Care, which owns and manages two specialist care centres in Milton Keynes and a third in Peterborough, has been awarded the Investors in People Gold standard.
The Gold standard is the highest prize that can be awarded by Investors in People (IiP), the national organisation which promotes business improvement through better management of staff.
Only seven per cent of UK companies with IiP accreditation achieve Gold – and only five per cent of all accredited healthcare sector organisations have IiP Gold.
The award came after a rigorous six-day inspection at PJ Care’s centres – Mallard House and Bluebirds in Milton Keynes, and its flagship Eagle Wood Neurological Care Centre in Peterborough – as well as at its head office in Bletchley.
Johann van Zyl, chief executive of PJ Care, said in a message to staff: “You are working for one of the best companies in the UK – shout it from the rooftops! Let’s be proud of PJ Care. Let’s be proud of being part of this family.”
He praised HR director Angela Johnson for preparing and planning for the inspection which led to the company achieving its accreditation.
The Investors in People Award helps organisations develop their employees, improve performance and realise objectives through effective management.
As a national standard for good business practice in the UK, it also provides external recognition to demonstrate how people-focused a business is.
To earn accreditation, companies have to demonstrate that they meet a number of requirements related to how they treat and manage staff.
Angela Johnson said: “There are 39 evidence requirements to meet the Investors in People award.
“The inspector was pleased to report that we had met at least an additional 126 requirements which means we met the Gold standard.
“I’d really like to thank everyone who gave such a good account of themselves when they met with the inspector during the intense inspection.”
Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said: “Achieving the Investors in People Gold standard is something that any organisation should be truly proud of.
“Working with Investors in People inspires and enables leaders, managers and employees at all levels to build their skills, improve their performance and achieve their potential.
“We’d like to congratulate PJ Care on their achievement.”
PJ Care was founded by registered nurse Jan Flawn in 2000, after she was shocked to witness inappropriate care being given to young people with neurological conditions in some homes for the elderly.