Hospice hits top 20 best places to work in the public and charity sectors
As Princess Alice Hospice looks forward to celebrating 25 years of caring when it matters the staff are rightly proud of the care and outstanding support provided to patients and their families. Their pride is justified having recently been awarded a Best Company 2011 award acknowledging their position at number 20 as one of the best places to work in the public and charity sectors.
The charity’s employees are confident that the organisation provides a great service and recorded a 94% positive placing them in first place for mid-sized organisations. Staff expressed pride in working for the Hospice and job satisfaction, the majority expressed the view that the organisation makes a positive difference to the world we live in.
Nicholas Ratsey, Chief Executive travelled to London earlier in the year to accept the organisations accreditation at the Best Companies Awards 2011. The accreditation scheme acknowledges corporate excellence in the workplace; every organisation entering the scheme gets a Best Companies Index score. With 90% of the score coming from the employee survey covering eight key factors of workplace engagement, an organisations standing is a true reflection of its daily workings and the care and support given to staff.
Nicholas Ratsey said:
“We first took part in the scheme in 2008, this was an excellent opportunity for the Hospice to take part in a nationally recognised initiative; the scheme recognises the importance and scope of charities as employers and therefore it was completely free for the Hospice to enter the awards, that year we were awarded ‘Star Status, being one of the 307 successful applicants from the 653 submissions.”
“We decided to enter the awards again as an opportunity to engage with all staff members in order to gain a true reflection of the organisation and to see if developments and improvements we have made in the last two years had made a difference. The views of our staff in relation to the care and support that they receive accounted for 90% of our score. It was satisfying to discover that our staff rated the Hospice as a first class employer which saw us receive a high ranking and an increase to a ‘Two Star Status’ organisation”.
Deborah Eason, HR Manager said:
“The scheme will allow us to continuing focusing on very specific parts of our organisation and improve them to the satisfaction of our employees; we will continue engaging with all staff and work towards further success in subsequent awards”.
Nikki Cooper who takes over the reins from Nicholas Ratsey on April 1 will be coming to a thriving organisation with a strong sense of commitment and pride from its workers and will no doubt lead the charity to further success as it embarks on the next 25 years of caring when it matters.
Nicholas Ratsey with staff representing some of the various teams within the Hospice:
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