Lancashire-based Springhill Care Group has become one of only six care providers in the country so far to achieve the coveted Investors in People Gold against the new Standard.
Springhill has been awarded the gold standard after being assessed against the revised ‘sixth generation’ Investors in People Standard which was launched in late 2015.
Assessors noted that Springhill ‘outperforms the health and social care sector average’ in many areas of people management practice and that the group ‘is a leading organisation in its field.’
Investors in People (IIP) is an internationally recognised accreditation held by 14,000 organisations in 75 countries across the world.
The Standard sets out what it takes to lead, support and manage people well, with businesses assessed against a strict set of criteria.
The Accrington-based care organisation, which operates three care homes across Lancashire and Bristol, along with a supported living service, has been working with Investors in People since 1995. At the time it was one of the few care organisations to be awarded IIP status.
Donna Briggs, managing director of Springhill Care Group, said being accredited with Investors in People Gold means Springhill Care Group will continue to be more efficient in terms of its management systems, productivity, employee engagement and increased staff retention.
She added: “The whole workforce has contributed to the organisation’s success and is reflected in this fantastic result. Springhill will continue to build on its growth, sustainability and success for the future.
“As a care provider, we know we are only as good as our people, so it has always been a priority to ensure our staff receive the support, training and development they need.
“In recent years we have introduced initiatives including our leadership development programme and made a real difference to how our staff can develop their skills.
“To be one of just six care organisations in the country so far to achieve IIP Gold with the sixth generation Standard is an incredible achievement, but the journey doesn’t stop here.
“Our IIP steering group will be meeting to review the full report and consider any recommendations made in order to continue to improve the way Springhill operates and ultimately the standard of care we can give our residents and those we support.”