In recent years there has been a rapid expansion in what we know about well-being in the workplace. Many studies highlight that supporting workers in their physical and mental health is not just a “nice thing to do”, it also has widespread benefits for the organisation, including reduced absenteeism, increased staff engagement, better team climate and enhanced productivity.
Employers, including those in the veterinary profession, have a duty of care to support their employees to be safe and well at work. The conversation about well-being, however, is one that should take place at all levels within a veterinary clinic. The most successful clinic well-being initiatives ensure that employees have a say in what specific areas need to be addressed.
Practice leaders have an especially important role in facilitating discussion, role modelling behaviours, and driving positive change within the workplace.
This course aims to support clinical veterinary workers, particularly those in a leadership role, in transforming the outlook on well-being in their workplace.
Topics covered during this course include:
Well-being – physical, mental and social – and the veterinary workplace: What are the key issues?
What does a “well” clinic look like?
What does an “unwell” clinic look like?
Moving from “unwell” to “well”: The role of the veterinary leader
Promoting physical and mental well-being in the veterinary workplace: How to create a bespoke well-being initiative
Identifying the well-being needs of the team
Making change: Ideas, inspiration and evidence-based information
Managing pitfalls and barriers along the way
Evaluation of the initiative
Planning for the future
Course resources include:
Access to our flexible online learning environment for the duration of the course
Lecture/s that can be viewed at any time, and as many times as you like
Interactive, tutor-guided learning forums
Supporting materials, tools and ideas for assisting with and supporting your learning
Assessed coursework with constructive feedback from your tutor
Practical documents created by you, tailored to the needs of your practice
Access to the course materials for a period after the course
Course duration:3 weeks (8 hours flexible/self-directed study time in total)
Module type: Fully supported interactive online
Tutor: Jenny Moffett
Suitable for: Practice managers; nurse, reception and veterinary managers; practice partners and directors