South Birmingham Community Health has become one of the first organisations in the health sector to win the Investors In People bronze award.

Recently introduced, advanced accreditation over and above the standard Investors in People award gives organisations’ the opportunity to demonstrate how they are going the extra mile to invest in the skills of their workforce.

Achieving the bronze award means that South Birmingham Community Health is judged to be in the top three per cent of the 36,000 organisations that currently hold the standard.

Performance and organisational development director Jo Thurston said: ““We are delighted to receive bronze status from Investors in People, which representes a superb achievement and recognition of all the hard work put in by everyone employed in the organisation over the past two years.

“Our goal is to be an employer of choice and a service provider of choice. Giving colleagues opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge is at the core of achieving those aims.”

In their report, Investors In People assessors confirmed that SBCH was "within touching distance" of silver status, adding they were "delighted to receive positive feedback from the majority of interviewees, especially on such aspects as improved communications, a strong culture of openness, respect, support and trust and a very focused desire to provide the best possible levels and standards of care, advice and expertise".