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RCVS Mind Matters Initiative And VN Futures Expand Training Collaboration
27th January, 2023 11h15
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) and VN Futures project are expanding their training collaboration to include self-compassion and anxiety workshops.
MMI and VN Futures have a long-standing working relationship and their common aims have seen them work together in a number of different capacities over the past few years. This has included undertaking joint research into the wellbeing and mental health of veterinary nurses, running an online student wellbeing discussion forum and, as part of their recent training collaboration, coming together to expand the reach of MMI’s civility and psychological safety training sessions.
The newest addition to the training collaboration includes a number of new evidence-based workshops on anxiety and self-compassion.
Mind Matters Initiative Manager, Lisa Quigley, said: “We know that working in the veterinary professions is challenging and evidence shows that veterinary professionals are at higher risk of suffering from common mental health problems such as anxiety and burnout than that of the general population.
“Using insights gathered from previous joint VN Futures and MMI ventures, we are proud to be expanding our training collaboration to provide targeted support which has the capacity to actively make a tangible difference to the professions.
“When it comes to mental health, wellbeing, and the curation of positive workplace cultures, there is no quick fix – it takes time and dedication from all involved. We are grateful for the support of VN Futures as we work together to help create this positive shift.”
Jill Macdonald, VN Futures Project Lead, said: “At VN Futures, we aim to ensure that veterinary nursing is a vibrant, rewarding and sustainable profession and supporting mental health and wellbeing is a vital part of this. Veterinary nurses are an essential part of the veterinary team and creating workplaces where the entire team is able to thrive and feel valued and respected is of utmost importance. Working with MMI to expand the reach of the civility and psychological safety training sessions has proven effective in promoting this concept.
“Like our civility and psychological safety training, our new anxiety and self-compassion workshops are open to everyone in the veterinary team and are designed to provide people with the skills needed to create long lasting, sustainable positive change.
“We hope delegates will find the sessions useful and will apply the skills they have learned to support themselves and those around them both now and in the future.”
Initial training dates are as listed below and will take place in person (sessions cost £15 per person):
- Tackling Anxiety – Wednesday 15 March, 10am – 1pm (Guildford)
- Self-compassion – Wednesday 12 April, 10am – 1pm (Wolverhampton)
- Tackling Anxiety – Wednesday 12 April, 2pm – 5pm (Wolverhampton)
For more training sessions, including the joint MMI and VN Futures Civility and Psychological Safety training sessions, visit the Mind Matters training page.
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