The Vet Wellbeing Awards were launched in 2016 through the Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) in partnership with the Society for Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS).

Initially the Awards were developed to recognise practices with management systems and initiatives in place that motivated and engaged their staff, as well as demonstrating a commitment to supporting their wellbeing. This all being in the context of continued research that endorses relatively high levels of work-related stress and high levels of mental ill-heath within the veterinary profession, and to encourage a culture where these issues are both recognised and addressed.

Now in their fourth year, the Awards have evolved and place an even greater emphasis on an holistic approach to wellbeing, asking that practices evidence how they are creating healthier work environments through their protocols, policies, and any creative initiatives they have developed. This process encourages practices to evaluate their wellbeing support systems to both celebrate the ways in which they have facilitated positive change, as well as making further considerations on how they can continue to promote a cultural shift within their work environment.

How to enter

There are three award categories that practices can enter depending on the number of employees. The application form covers six key aspects of work that, if well-managed, can promote wellbeing and reduce the risk of work-related stress, and the judges will be looking for evidence of commitment to enhancing wellbeing for each of these.

These are:

  • Promoting physical and psychological health at work
  • Relationships at work
  • Communication at work
  • Career development
  • Workload and work scheduling
  • Work demands

The Awards’ entry form and examples of evidence and previous initiatives from other practices can be found on the Vet Wellbeing Awards website.

The winners and those awarded Highly Commended will receive a certificate for display and a dedicated logo. The winners in each category will also receive two registrations and banquet tickets for the Joint SPVS/Veterinary Management Group (VMG) Congress 2020.

Furthermore, this year’s applicants will be provided with feedback on where they are having success and areas they can further develop, to encourage continued implementation of strategies and support practices with further enhancing their approaches to maintaining and improving wellbeing.

Do you have a Practice Star?

In addition to the Wellbeing Awards, MMI and SPVS are also running the Practice Star nominations, which have been developed to support practices to thank a team member for enthusiastically promoting good practice with regards to wellbeing.

Nominating a team member is a great opportunity to come together as a team and reflect on the great things that are happening, and to nominate one person who has been particularly invested in creating a positive team culture. This is open to all veterinary practices.

Team members will receive a certificate for being nominated as the practice’s ‘Wellbeing Star’. Further information on how to nominate are on the website.

The closing date for both the Wellbeing Award entries and Practice Star nominations is Friday 29 November 2019.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and celebrating exceptional practice at the SPVS/VMG Congress in January 2020. If you are coming to Congress, do come along and gather some tips on what you can do to improve the mental health and wellbeing of your team by attending the MMI stream on Friday 24 January 2020.

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