A mindfulness scheme introduced by CVS has been used as a case study in a Government report on the issue.

The report, “Making the business case for mindfulness”, cites the CVS scheme introduced to bring in a mind-body approach to help individuals change the way they think and feel about their experiences – especially stressful ones.

Workplace mindfulness

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CVS Group head of health and safety Sean Gillgallon has also qualified as a mindfulness in the workplace trainer.

CVS, the largest employer of vets in the UK, began working with the Oxford-based Mindfulness Exchange in 2011 to develop a “Mindfulness in the workplace” programme for its employees.

Since then, more than 20% of CVS’ staff have undergone training in mindfulness techniques – with many, the company said, citing the benefits it has brought them. CVS Group head of health and safety Sean Gillgallon has also qualified as a mindfulness in the workplace trainer.

Best practice

In the Government report, aimed at promoting mindfulness in the workplace, CVS’ work in this area is quoted as an example of best practice.

Helen Wiseman, CVS HR director, said: “While every organisation is affected by mental health issues, evidence suggests those working in the veterinary sector are at higher risk and every UK employer has a duty to assess the risk of stress-related ill health arising from the work activities and take action to control that risk.

“Following a risk assessment we carried out in 2011, we developed an all-inclusive approach to the management of employee well-being, with mindfulness as a key element. It now plays an integral and important part in our workplace, and we have seen long lasting benefits as a result.”

  • The report can be viewed online.
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