IPRS Group have built on their reputation as a leading employer by winning the Best Employers Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals category at the Best Employers Eastern Region 2021 awards, whilst also being accredited as a Platinum employer, the highest possible rank.

After exceptional results in the recent engagement survey in which 92% of colleagues participated, answering questions on how they feel treated at work, their happiness at work and how IPRS Group supports them; IPRS Group were nominated for Best Employers 2021 in the Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals industry, which they subsequently won.

In addition to the award, IPRS Group, who have over 200 colleagues, has also been named a Platinum Employer, building on the gold accreditation earned in 2018.

Best Employers Eastern Region 2021, co-founded by Pure and Eras, is a biennial employee survey that measures employee engagement, company culture and values. It is easy for colleagues to complete online and because it is 100% confidential, it encourages open and honest answers. In addition, organisations can benchmark themselves within the region and gain advice and support to develop engagement.

IPRS Group were in the top quartile of all measures, which they are incredibly proud of.

The judges were impressed with the complete colleague experience, saying: “IPRS is a company that really values its 200 strong workforce. Everyone is driven by the company purpose to Help People. Whether it’s through its reward and recognition, great communication, CSR or wellbeing initiatives, one feels that employee engagement really matters.

All systems and processes are aligned to ensure a great employee experience. Of particular note is the importance the company places on L&D and they have also made very good strides on Inclusion and Diversity where there are some really concrete tools in place to become a truly inclusive company where everyone feels they belong.”

IPRS Group HR Director Lisa Simcock said, “We continue to work hard to create an environment in which our colleagues feel comfortable and safe to work, alongside being supported throughout. Naturally, the pandemic has presented challenges to this, but we have taken steps to ensure all colleagues feel at the heart of the organisation and continue to develop themselves. I’m extremely proud we have won this award and with the platinum accreditation in addition, it really is testament to how much our colleagues put in to creating such an excellent working environment for each other”

The Best Employers Award builds on a successful 12-months for IPRS Group after IPRS Health won The Guardian Award for AHPS Working with People Who Have Mental Health Problems at the 2020 Advancing Health Care awards and the Outstanding Occupational Health Initiative at the 2020 SOM Occupational Health Awards.

Group CEO Martyn Jackson said, “It’s great for us to pick up another award epitomising the fantastic support we have provided to our colleagues over a very difficult 18-months. We put a lot of time into making IPRS Group a fantastic place for our colleagues to work and this is thoroughly deserved.”