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MMI are delighted to announce the launch of their pilots for four streams of training, which have been designed according to the feedback that they have received from you, the professions. These pilots will be an opportunity for you to try the training for free, share your thoughts and they will then refine our programme based on your feedback. The training is suitable for all members of the team, from locum staff to those running a larger team. For people in line management roles, they have also increased their content to cover leadership and management skills.
 
In addition to taking part at conferences and congresses and giving talks at a variety of veterinary organisations, their training sessions form a vital part of their ‘protect’ workstream.
 
Their streams of training are:
• Looking after yourself
• Looking after others
• Equity, diversity, inclusion, and civility
• Mental health awareness
Meghan Conroy is a registered veterinary nurse who qualified in 2013. Since then Meghan has worked in both first opinion and referral practices and is now head nurse of a group of practices in Southampton. Her passions include medical nursing, emergency and critical care and raising clinical standards for general practice nurses.
 
Click the link below to read the full blog:
The Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant was founded in 2019, in memory of RCVS Council member Sarah Brown who passed away in 2017.
 
Applications are now open for 2022!
 
MindMatters are delighted to announce the launch of our fourth year of the Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grants. They will once more be awarding a grant of £20,000 for research into veterinary mental health and wellbeing. The prize will be awarded at our Honours and Awards event on Friday 8th July, and the winner will be invited to present their work at our Mind Matters Mental Health Research Symposium in 2023.
 
To apply, please send your research proposal (max 2 pages) to Lisa Quigley L.Quigley@rcvs.org.uk by Friday 20th May.
Neurodiversity is the term used to describe the diversity of human minds and the infinite variations of neurocognitive functioning within the human race as a whole. It’s about accepting that people’s brains function differently from each other and that this isn’t wrong or problematic. It’s simply a natural indicator of population diversity.
 
There is huge strength to be found in diversity, and it is vital to ensure that all individuals working in the veterinary professions feel supported to be who they are in order to thrive in the workplace.
 
Click the link below to read MindMatters resources on Neurodiversity:
The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) has collaborated with VetLed, a leading provider of Human Factors skills training for veterinary professionals and the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), to lead a series of initiatives that aim to tackle incivility in the workplace and encourage work environments that make employee wellbeing a priority.
 
Click the link below to read more.
Campfire Chats – click the link below to register for the following:
 
Thursday 21 April 2022, 7pm-8pm – Identity – Who am I Away From Work?
Tuesday 3 May 2022, 7pm-8pm – Saying Goodbye…Letting Go and Learning to Grow
Thursday 12 May 2022, 7pm-8pm – Tackling Loneliness in a Hyperconnected World
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