PJ Care: Shining bright
The staff at specialist neurological care provider PJ Care are a passionate bunch. Going above and beyond, the annual Star Awards celebrates their achievements and unswerving dedication to the residents in their care
The annual Star Awards are PJ Care’s way of saying a big ‘thank you’ to its hard-working staff. Previous awards were a special event for winners, finalists and their guests, but this year’s Star Awards were expanded to become a company-wide event, with everyone welcome, including many of PJ Care’s lovely residents. Chairman Neil Russell explains why they do it: ‘We actively champion staff wellness and appreciation at PJ Care. While we always say it’s all about our residents, we cannot overlook the role our staff plays in enabling this ethos every single day. Our teams are simply amazing; to be able to recognise them and say thank you in this way means a huge amount. And it’s good to have fun at work!’
The Star Awards aren’t your typical stuffy awards ceremony. Held in May, they’re a fullon festival-style celebration combining good food, fantastic music and fun for all the family. In fact, PJ CareFest brings all those festival essentials – including ponchos, tickets, wristbands and more – to create a truly unique way of celebrating the incredible day-to-day commitment of PJ Care’s staff. This year the neurological care provider went bigger and better because there’s so much to celebrate. PJ Care is a finalist in the upcoming HealthInvestor Awards, and the company recently achieved Sunday Times Top 100 accreditation. ‘None of this would have been possible without our staff,’ adds Neil.
Awards announced during PJ CareFest, held at Shuttleworth College near Biggleswade, were Rising Star, Learner of the Year, Team of the Year, Carer of the Year, Support Worker of the Year, Business Support Worker of the Year, Clinician of the Year and Leader of the Year. Extra special awards were made for Outstanding Contribution and Employee of the Year. All winners and runners up received a cash prize and certificate to mark their achievements, while winners also took home a trophy and a badge for their lanyards. ‘The Star Awards recognise the fact that without our loyal staff we wouldn’t be where we are today. Every single member of staff gives so much of their time, energy and genuine passion, helping our residents to make progress with their recovery safe in the knowledge that they are in the best possible care,’ says Neil.