It’s Gold! RoSPA staff celebrate highest Investors in People standard

31/01/2014

Staff at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents are celebrating after the safety charity achieved a Gold Investors in People standard - an accolade that puts it in the top five per cent of organisations taking part in the rigorous IIP programme.

RoSPA, which has its headquarters in Birmingham and offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, has been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK and around the world for more than 97 years. Employing 120 people across home, road, occupational, leisure and education safety, its mission is to save lives and reduce injuries.

RoSPA joined IIP - which helps organisations to invest in their workforce - in 1999. It achieved its first Gold during a renewal process at the end of last year and is now among just 5.4 per cent of IIP-accredited organisations nationally to hold this standard.*

Tracey Mansell, RoSPA’s HR manager, said: “As a relatively small charity, we are absolutely thrilled to have received this prestigious award. We’ve been on our Investors in People journey for 14 years and to join the small proportion of organisations that have achieved the highest standard is a reflection of the hard work of everyone across the organisation. It has given us even greater determination to take forward our mission to save lives and reduce injuries, with our employees recognised as being at the heart of everything we do, and valued as such.”  

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “For the past few years in RoSPA, we have been on a journey together - to try to make the very best of our charity and its employees, for the benefit of the people we serve. We bring to our work the passion, belief and commitment in which, largely unseen by our ‘audience’, we help to keep every man, woman and child in this country free from the misery and trauma of unintended injury and death - which devastates families and communities.

“Investors in People have shared this journey with us, acting as both critical friend and cheerleader. It is simply marvellous to have our achievements as a team recognised externally by them. We could not have done this without the superb contribution of our HR team, led by Tracey Mansell, and every single member of the team at RoSPA, who also deserve a collective pat on the back.”

Staff from across RoSPA took part in the process to achieve the Gold standard, and a wide range of initiatives were recognised by IIP, including: the RoSPA Academy - a junior management development programme; the RoSPA Encomium - a staff recognition scheme; improvements to the appraisal system and training opportunities; a welfare committee; employee surveys; lunch seminars at which different departments showcase their work; focus groups; and lunches hosted by the chief executive.

RoSPA has worked with an IIP specialist from emb-x, the organisation that delivers the IIP standard across Central England.

Betty Bullock, from emb-x, said: “RoSPA’s ongoing commitment to investing in its people has resulted in a skilled, loyal and engaged team that fully understands and contributes to the organisation’s goals.”

*This figure is based on data released in November 2013 and is subject to change.

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