Specialist care provider, PJ Care, has been named as one of the top 10 health and social care companies to work for in the UK.
The neurological care specialists are ranked 9th in the category in the ‘Best Companies’ awards which recognise organisations whose staff are engaged. By asking staff to respond to survey questions, it measures how much pride they have in what they are doing and how much faith they have in those around them.
More than 50% of PJ Care’s staff took part in the survey. They rated PJ Care on factors such as how much they enjoy working for the company, how beneficial training is and the sense of family in their team.
88% of staff felt proud to work for PJ Care and 83% said they love working at the company’s two neurological care centres in Milton Keynes and its Eagle Wood care centre in Peterborough. 85% believe they can make a valuable contribution to PJ Care’s success and 78% felt a strong sense of family in their team. 74% said they were happy with the balance between their work and home life.
The results give the company an ‘outstanding’ rating and two-stars – one higher than in 2019. They also mean the company ranks 36th in the best companies to work for in the south east, and 56th in the east of England.
“We are delighted with the results, especially considering our staff were asked to complete the survey in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic,” said PJ Care’s chairman, Neil Russell. “This was the most challenging period the care sector has ever faced and to know that our staff felt so strongly about working for PJ Care, about the difference they make to our residents and about the atmosphere we’ve created here, makes me incredibly proud.
“We are always looking at ways we can provide support, career and personal development for our staff. The pandemic increased that focus because of the pressures it put on all of us so we introduced a monthly survey to make sure we were aware of how everyone was feeling and what they needed.
“As a result, we made a number of changes such as providing beds for staff working nights to sleep in on their breaks, additional lighting for the car park, creating areas staff could safely remove their masks for a break and providing tablets for staff to do on-line training.”
PJ Care provides specialist neurological care for adults with degenerative conditions such as dementia, Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. They also offer rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injuries. The three centres employ almost 600 staff.
Over the last 12 months, the company has seen its apprenticeship scheme develop to include more than 12% of all staff, at every level of the business, and rewards for staff include quarterly ‘champion’ awards, recognition for charity work and a loyalty reward for those who’ve been employed for more than two years.
PJ Care has just become an accredited Living Wage employer which means every member of staff, no matter what their age or employment status, will receive at least £9.50 per hour.
“The care and support of our staff is something we take very seriously,” added Neil. “We are thrilled that shows through.”
About PJ Care
PJ Care is an award-winning, leading independent provider of specialist neurological care and rehabilitation for adults with physical illness, varying levels of mobility and challenging behaviours.
We use a resident-centred approach in environments that are designed to promote the highest quality of life.
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