93% of employers using Investors in People say "it provides business improvement through people"- Performance Tracking Study - Ipsos MORI October 2007

Investors in People

Investors in People (IIP) is a development framework designed to help organisations achieve real improvement through its people. It’s about getting things right and not merely a tick box exercise.

Skills for Health offers the only UK health specific Investors in People diagnostic for healthcare organisations. Working with the support of national licensed IIP accreditation centres, our diagnostic service will help you quickly assess if your organisation is ready to apply for full accreditation or needs strengthening in specific areas.

Skills for Health Investors in People diagnostic

  • Can save your organisation time, effort and money
  • Includes a free initial face to face consultation introduces Investors in People and how it can help improve your organisation.
  • Our expert will carry out benchmarking to flag up areas for focus and attention
  • We help you address highlighted areas through a continuing improvement plan
  • Will demonstrate how IIP can help you deliver your organisation objectives
  • Once your organisation is ready to move to full accreditation, we will broker an introduction to an accreditation partner organisation
  • The accreditation process is now easier than before – no cumbersome or extra paperwork required.

  • Investors in People can lead to many benefits

    • Improved productivity – greater likelihood to achieve your organisational goals
      • Each person in an organisation with Investors in People is £1,150 more profitable
    • Efficiency and quality – more effective HR practices lead to lower patient mortality rates and IiP dovetails with other quality standards
    • Leadership and management – develop managerial capabilities and management performance
    • Motivation and employee engagement - higher levels of trust and commitment among staff
    • Growth and change – underpins organisations in changing and challenging environments
      • 71% of board level executives said that "Investors in People provides a particularly useful framework for organisations undergoing significant and rapid change."
      • 82% of employers recognised with the Investors in people standard say it helps all types of organisations adapt to change and growth. Ipsos MORO tracking Study 2009

  • How Investors in People has helped other organisations

    “The Investors in People Standard’s framework has driven some of our key processes and is integral to our success. It has enabled us to focus on developmental and managerial activities in a way that is truly relevant to our organisation.”

    Linda Cordingley, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust

    “Investors in People has changed the practice hugely. Our working processes and training have become more structured and formalised. Our performance has been turned around – we’re now far more efficient, cohesive and organised.”

    Meredyth Bell MBE, St Helens Dental Practice

    “Working with Investors in People helped us put together a clear business plan that dealt with both short and long term objectives. This meant we were able to plan more effectively through the development of the business strategy and by becoming, we believe, a learning organisation. Developing the processes to meet the Standard meant some deep changes… once we were through that initial period we started to see the results – and they were impressive. If you are looking for a prescription for a wonder drug to upgrade the NHS, it’s there in three clear letters – IIP.”

    Karen Northwood, Friends Road Medical Practice

  • Frequently asked questions

    Budgets are being squeezed at the moment - How much does it cost? The cost varies for every organisation. Skills for Health will find the best solution to meet your needs and provide you with the most cost effective solutions to support you in achieving recognition.

    We are busy delivering care to our patients - Is this just more paperwork? No! Investors in People is not about producing paper based evidence. Investors in People is  achieved through evidence gathered by observation and interviews with staff.

    We are an NHS Trust – Isn’t Investors in People for the private sector? Any organisation from small to large from public to private can benefit from Investors in People – over 30000 organisations have already achieved the Investors in People standard. There are numerous examples of NHS organisations who have benefited from achieving Investors in People.

    Can Investors in People help achieve other quality standards? Yes! Investors in People is the only people standard that focuses on people, so the good practices that you need to follow will dovetail well with other quality standards.

    Isn’t this really about achieving a blue plaque for the boardroom and a lot of hot air? Investors in People isn’t about giving people an award and then allowing things to drift . Organisations are subject to regular review no more than three years apart. It’s an excellent way for employers to demonstrate their commitment to their workforce and get recognition for that.

    Will I work with someone who will understand my organisation? Our experts are selected for their broad background and have an in-depth knowledge of the issues and challenges health care organisations are facing. Their expertise will help smooth the process of achieving the standard.

    What support do you offer? Skills for Health provide bespoke support to best ensure organisations experience a successful assessment outcome. This may include a diagnostic of your current position against the standard, helping you to develop appropriate action plans and guiding you through the assessment process.

    How long will it all take? It depends how much you want to change in your organisation and how quickly this can be put into practice. Most organisations achieve Investors in People within a year.

    I would like to talk to someone about taking this forward-what should I do? Skills for Health have a team of regional and national directors who are there to build and nurture relationships with sector organisations. Find your local director here and they will be more than happy to have an initial conversation with you.

    All organisations are under pressure to achieve the most from their workforce. Talk to us and we will help you make the changes needed.

Call 0117 922 1155 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a free initial consultation or to find out more.

To speak with one of our regional and national directors to discuss how our proven solutions and tools can help you deliver improvement click here.


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