On 29 July, Primary Integrated Community Services announced a rating of ‘Outstanding Place to Work’ for the second year running by Best Companies, the UK’s employee engagement specialists. Best Companies measures employee engagement and leadership in organisations using unique methodology and feedback from the workforce. The accolade provides independent assurance that PICS upholds the very highest workplace standards and genuinely cares about, and values, our employees.

The rating has been compiled using a varied data set from June 2022 that detailed our employee offer and working conditions. In July, Best Companies surveyed over 450 staff with an anonymous online questionnaire to understand their experience. They reviewed all this against their engagement matrix to produce a score of Two Stars, which denotes PICS as ‘An Outstanding Place to Work’.

Our scores are compared against all the other companies Best Companies measure; the listing of top companies to work for is recognised as the standard in workplace engagement. In 2021, PICS was ranked as the 6 Best Company to work for in the UK’s Health and Social Care sector, and in the top 80 Best Large Companies in the UK. Our position in the 2022 league tables will be revealed by Best Companies in November.

Being involved is a learning and improvement opportunity which gives us an understanding of what we do well. Best Companies produce a short report with recommendations for how to further enhance our employee offer. PICS are also part of Best Companies’ nation-wide network, collaborating to share best practice and drive up workplace standards across the country.

Alison Rounce, Managing Director of PICS, said:

“This is our second year of being accredited by Best Companies and it’s great that we’ve achieved two stars. It’s fantastic recognition of all the efforts we put in to care for the wellbeing, as well as careers, of our colleagues. An engaged workforce is a vital part to our continuing success, so I once again say thank you to all the PICSies for all that you do to support each other and sustain our caring culture.”