Kernow Veterinary Group are celebrating winning a bronze Healthy Workplace award from Cornwall Council, as the only vets in the county to be recognised in this way.
For vets, long hours and tough life-or-death decisions make for a challenging work environment, with the veterinary industry as a whole having one of the worst levels of suicide of any uk industry; at four times the national average. In order to make a positive change to the industry, Kernow Veterinary Group has been working together with Cornwall Council to initiate the Healthy Workplace framework across their six practices, giving teams access to resources locally to improve the health and wellbeing of employees.
Renay Rickard, Practice Director, said “We are really proud to have achieved a bronze award. By working together as a team and alongside Healthy Workplace, it has allowed us to implement positive changes to Kernow Veterinary Group. We appreciate the ongoing efforts of all those who have contributed to this success.”
Some of the initiatives that they have put in place include a HALT (Hungry-Angry-Lonely-Tired) campaign, which sees a weekly fruit delivery across all the sites, and a selection of healthier snacks for the teams to fuel themselves with.
There are two designated Mental health ‘first aiders’ and each practice has a Health and Wellbeing champion, who works alongside the staff to improve team wellbeing and resilience and support mental health together. The company has also donated to a Social fund, where each staff member is allocated an annual budget to use towards social activities with other staff members – a firm favourite is horse riding.
The Kernow Vet team plan to continue to contribute to the health and wellbeing of employees throughout 2020. They plan to gauge more from staff as to how to work together to develop future initiatives, and enlarge access to the wider range of health support that is available as part of the Healthy Workplace scheme.
Kernow Veterinary Group is a mixed practice veterinary group consisting of 6 well established veterinary surgeries across mid cornwall. www.kernowvetgroup.com