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IPRS Group Receives Prestigious Platinum Accreditation at Best Employers 2023

We are thrilled to announce that IPRS Group have once again achieved a Platinum Accreditation at the Best Employers Eastern Region 2023 ceremony.

This remarkable achievement marks the second consecutive time we have received this prestigious recognition, underscoring our unwavering commitment to creating an exceptional workplace culture and fostering a positive colleague experience.
At the 2023 Best Employers Eastern Region ceremony, IPRS Group were awarded Platinum Accreditation in recognition of our exceptional results in our recent colleague engagement survey conducted over the summer. The survey revealed that IPRS Group consistently ranked in the top quartile for nearly every category, showcasing our commitment to colleague engagement, company culture, and values.

IPRS Group’s ability to maintain the highest standard of excellence, even amid substantial growth since the last survey in 2021, is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our colleagues.
The judges were particularly impressed with the comprehensive colleague experience that we have worked exceptionally hard to implement, stating, “We were impressed at how the business has adapted, evolved, and invested in its wide range of culture and engagement strategies.”

Reflecting on this achievement, our HR Director, Lisa Simcock, shared her thoughts, ” I am overwhelmed, elated and extremely proud to achieve platinum accreditation again. Since the last survey in 2021, IPRS Group has nearly doubled in size, undergone acquisition and added a new business to the portfolio. This could not have been achieved without the hard work and commitment of our dedicated colleagues who are passionate about our future direction. Taking part in the Best Employer programme gives invaluable insight into our culture and demonstrates the high levels of colleague engagement and job satisfaction which has had an extremely positive impact on the achievement of quality service delivery and standards.”

Group CEO Martyn Jackson also expressed his pride in this recognition, saying, “our success is closely tied to the relationships we have with our clients and colleagues. Creating an exceptional workplace culture and experience for everyone within the organisation is key and underscores the idea that a positive work environment and a focus on colleague wellbeing does have a positive impact on the business’s success and its ability to serve our clients effectively.”   

This outstanding achievement at the Best Employers 2023 ceremony builds upon IPRS Group’s reputation as a leading employer. In 2021, we were honoured to receive the Best Employers Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals category award at the Best Employers Eastern Region 2021 awards. Additionally, we earned Platinum Accreditation in recognition of our commitment to colleague engagement and creating a supportive, inclusive work environment.

As we celebrate this remarkable achievement, we would like to express our gratitude to our dedicated colleagues, who have contributed to making IPRS Group a truly exceptional workplace.

We look forward to continuing this journey of excellence and maintaining our commitment to fostering a positive colleague experience.      

 

Our New Medical Director

Following the retirement of Dr Vanessa Machin, we are very pleased to welcome Dr Vis Reddy MBChB, DCH, DFMS, MFFLM, MSc, PGCert. as our new Medical Director.  Vis brings a tremendous amount of relevant experience to the business having a broad and diverse background in A&E, paediatrics and general practice. Vis has also worked extensively in custody settings where he led the field in Forensic medicine, having implemented and delivered the first Integrated Forensic and Healthcare Service in the UK. Vis will work closely with the senior management team providing oversight to ensure we maintain highly robust governance structures and policies and also to deliver clinical services of the highest quality.      

 

Tree Nation

We are really pleased to be doing our bit to help Tree Nation achieve their aim of planting 3,000,000 trees for Christmas by giving all our staff across the IPRS group an invitation to plant a tree on us.

Following this initiative, we hope to see a big boost to the number of trees we have already planted this year. We are continually finding more ways to help this amazing organisation and if you have any ideas that could help us, please drop us a note via our Contact page

For further information please see the relevant section on our home page or visit Tree Nation direct at https://tree-nation.com

New IPRS Aeromed website

IPRS Aeromed are pleased to launch their new website (you’re looking at it!) which supports the company’s new marketing direction.

Operations Director Mike Flippance commented “We wanted to bring a fresh and contemporary website to market which better showcases our strengths and service lines. We feel we now have a more polished and informative site that we hope will provide our visitors with a better experience. We will build additional enhancements over the coming months and provide business updates, especially as we grow into new markets. Building a new website from scratch is quite an undertaking, and I am grateful for the vision and support of Josh at XA Digital who guided us through the process”.

We are also working on our LinkedIn presence, again to make this more relevant, and changes will be coming in the following weeks.

 

Awarded Best Employers Eastern Region 2021

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.”

 

New Business Lead for IPRS Aeromed

Internal and Public Announcement from Martyn Jackson, IPRS Group CEO.

Mike Flippance has chosen to join IPRS Aeromed from 1st February as the company’s new business lead.

Mike will become the Operations Director taking full day to day responsibility for the business.

Mike brings with him more than 20 years of experience in managing and growing medical assistance services across the world.

His expertise is both rich and unique, which is exactly what is required to support the existing senior management team at IPRS Aeromed as we look to grow, develop and take advantage of opportunities identified.

Mike’s recruitment is part of the wider group strategy as we develop all four parts of the IPRS group, by focusing on our colleagues through training and development and where necessary identifying exceptional individuals with key skills and capabilities we can encourage to join the business to support the existing team and help drive growth.

 

IPRS Group Sign Time to Change Employer Pledge

The IPRS Group is delighted to announce it has signed up to Time to Change Employer Pledge, affirming our commitment to protecting our colleague’s mental health.

By signing The Time to Change Employer Pledge, the IPRS Group is a committing to changing the way we think and act about mental health in the workplace.

With the day to day worries, struggles and pressures the Covid-19 is having on us, we felt that now, more than ever, we wanted to show our support and pledge to address the issues around mental health in the workplace.

This commitment is supported by a 12-month Employer Action Plan which supports us to put in place best-practice interventions and policy to help our colleagues work in ways that promote a positive mental wellbeing. 

As part of our action plan, we pledge to…

  • Hold monthly ‘The Mental Health Hour’ sessions, chaired by one of our Mental Health First Aiders, enabling colleagues to share their experiences with their peers, relate to stories and discuss advice / tips on the best way to manage a situation.
  • Hold group sessions using an activity to open conversations such as ‘How do we chill?’ to find out how people relax and share ideas amongst the group.
  • Build a ‘Employee Champions’ team – We will be looking to recruit Champions who are passionate about tackling the stigma of mental health within the workplace, have the time and resource to dedicate to this project, are confident in talking to colleagues, and perhaps sharing their stories to put their colleagues at ease and are a good listener. We want Champions that will help to spread the word and promote the activities we will hold.
  • Each month we will aim to release a new video of a colleague sharing their experience.

Sophie Hughes, IPRS Group HR Manager who worked on the action plan said, “We recognise that sadly mental health continues to be a taboo subject, but by signing the Time to Change pledge we are committed to changing this. The action plan has been designed to raise awareness of mental wellbeing across the IPRS Group, create a safe and non-judgemental environment where our colleagues can be open and honest about their mental health and provide training to our managers so they can support their teams.”

CEO of the IPRS Group Martyn Jackson is delighted the group has signed the pledge. He said, “Mental health in the workplace needs to be made a priority in all  businesses, it’s important that senior management take the lead in supporting this initiative and be seen to  be actively participating in all activities.”  

To find out more about The Time to Change Pledge, visit here.

 

IPRS Aeromed wins long term contract to support Serco PLC

IPRS Aeromed, part of the IPRS Group are delighted to announce they have signed a long-term contract with Serco Group PLC to support their delivery of a contract with the UK Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to provide Prisoner Escort and Custody Services (PECS) for the South of England region. 

IPRS Aeromed will use their clinical capability to provide a range of clinical medical services from triage to on site paramedic support.

IPRS Aeromed have been selected to provide the clinical service across the whole of the South of England region.

Martyn Jackson, IPRS Group CEO, said: “We are delighted IPRS Aeromed have been awarded this major contract to support Serco as they work to provide prisoner escort and custody services for the Ministry of Justice. The service will utilise the great clinical excellence within the team and is a great step forward for the business as it looks to diversify and grow.”

For more information please contact Mike Flippance on Tel: 07541 616434