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Thriving in Practice

This critically relevant workshop is for any owners and leaders in veterinary practices who want to understand more about wellbeing and mental health, creating a culture that helps employees to thrive, and to feel confident in responding to employees experiencing stress or mental health problems.

Our trainer Rosie Alistair brings along with her an extensive background in mental health and wellbeing within the veterinary industry and understands the work-related stress that comes from working within the veterinary industry.

This workshop forms part of the XLVets Thriving in Practice project and looks at mental health and wellbeing from a practical perspective: what you need to know, and what you can do to help. This is a great opportunity to learn from each other and share best practice.

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Programme Outline

This course will look at culture in a very practical way: what steps to take to develop a practice plan; what different needs practices might have; how to help individuals who are struggling in order to ensure that the practice plan is both comprehensive and authentic.  This is a practical workshop session, with facilitated discussions, workshop exercises, case studies, and skills practice.

  • Raising awareness – identifying signs of stress and mental health problems in the work environment
  • Prevention of problems – techniques for creating and implementing a practice plan for positive mental health; and a review of the evidence for positive mental health, making reference to the XLVets’ Thriving in Practice ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ petals and the additional resources available to XLVets members practices.
  • Mental health First Aid – techniques for immediate support.
  • Practical ways to offer ongoing support to colleagues experiencing stress or mental health concerns, with focus on skills, a compassionate response, and learning from what works.
  • Workplace strategies for ongoing support including responsibilities around reasonable adjustments, and signposting to employment and HR resources.
  • Considerations for the leader, including looking after yourself and the limits of a leader’s responsibility.
  • The XLVets’ Thriving in Practice project will form the theme throughout the day and everything delegates learn will be put into that context in order that leaders focus on all team members within the practice.

Benefits to the Business?

  • Increase your understanding of stress, mental health, and psychological wellbeing in practice
  • Understand how, as a leader, you can identify and support employee mental health and wellbeing
  • Help you create a plan focussed on building a thriving in practice culture

One in four employees experiences mental health problems each year, and stress accounts for 40% of UK working days lost to ill health.  Understanding workplace stress and common mental health concerns should have an impact on these figures which affect the bottom line of your business.