What’s it like to work in a
PIE organisation

What does it mean to be a PIE organisation?

  • A Psychologically Informed Environment, or “PIE”, is a service in which the overall approach and delivery of the service have been consciously designed to take into account the emotional needs of those we support and also promotes psychological safety for staff.

For our services

  • All aspects of our services, from physical environments to our recruitment and evaluation processes, are based upon the importance of our relationships with those we support.
  • Staff are supported to develop an understanding of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of the people we support, to enhance how we build and maintain these relationships.
  • PIE is an established framework that has been shown to improve outcomes for the people we support.

For our people

  • With its emphasis on relationships, the PIE approach fits well with our Ypeople values of Respect, Integrity, Reflective, Aspirational and Compassion.
  • Staff wellbeing and psychological safety is promoted as part of our PIE.
  • Ypeople staff are offered protected time to engage in reflective practice with colleagues.

What to expect in terms of support and training

  • Staff are trained to understand trauma, adverse childhood experiences and how these can impact on the ways in which the people we support experience their world and relationships.
  • The PIE approach builds on the knowledge and skills Ypeople staff already hold and encourages a more reflective way of working though reflective practice.
  • Being provided with opportunities for reflective practice means that staff have the chance to embed what they have learned in training and build upon their own prior knowledge.
  • Staff have opportunities to engage in various wellbeing supports and self-care is encouraged.