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Thriving in Practice for Leaders

Delegates: Suitable for leaders in veterinary practice who want to know more about wellbeing and mental health; how to create a culture that helps employees to thrive, and to feel confident in responding to employees experiencing stress or mental health problems.


Programme outline: This is a practical workshop session, with facilitated discussions, workshop exercises, case studies, and skills practice. The programme is designed to help leaders assess the risk factors for work related stress within the veterinary practice, as well as the development and implementation of a plan of action to reduce workplace stress and promote positive wellbeing.

This course will look at culture in a very practical way: Steps to develop a practice plan, the different needs that practices might have and how to help individuals who are struggling in order to ensure that the practice plan is both comprehensive and authentic.

What will delegates learn? The human case for wellbeing at work is profound. Difficulties of wellbeing can have a huge effect on individuals, and the economic impact of poor wellbeing is a major issue facing employers in all sectors. 40% of cases of sickness absence in the UK are due to stress, and poor wellbeing goes much broader than stress, impacting productivity, potential for development, and attrition.

The course covers:

  • Thriving in Practice: What works for wellbeing; practical tips and planning for implementing a wellbeing plan.
  • Awareness: Identifying signs of stress and mental health problems in the work environment.
  • 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 line manager including looking after yourself and the limits of a manager’s responsibility.
  • Prevention of problems, techniques for creating and implementing a practice plan for positive mental health, and review of the evidence for positive mental health.

How will this course help you?

  • Increase delegate’s understanding of stress, mental health, and psychological wellbeing in practice.
  • Understand how, as a leader, delegates can identify and support employee mental health and wellbeing.
  • Help delegates to create a plan focussed on building a thriving in practice culture.
  • Understanding how to respond to and support mental health concerns at work and managers’ responsibilities in risk management of stress can help the whole practice team.

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For the individual, leadership comes with its own wellbeing challenges. As well as considering Thriving in Practice for the wider team, this course also looks at individual strategies for personal wellbeing, available support, boundaries, and the limits of a leader’s responsibilities.

In practice however, understanding how to implement a plan for Thriving in Practice and positive wellbeing at work has an impact beyond those attending the course. It also helps veterinary practice employers and line managers to increase their understanding of stress, mental health, and psychological wellbeing in the veterinary community, and to develop their knowledge of occupational stress and workplace mental health with particular emphasis on the role of the line manager in supporting employee mental health.

Benefits to the business: 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 can have a positive impact on these figures which ultimately affect the bottom line of your business.