How to help: wellbeing, compassion fatigue and burn out in practice

14 Nov 2019
RVC Nursing Theatre

When we see a colleague who is struggling we want to help, but what works for wellbeing at work? This session reviews what works in workplace wellbeing, both supporting colleagues and maintaining our own wellbeing. It also considers compassion fatigue, an often misunderstood concept, but one important to understand in veterinary workplaces. We look at how to identify compassion fatigue, and what to do if you or a colleague experiences it. Finally, we consider why understanding the difference between burnout and compassion fatigue is important, warning signs to look for with burnout, and how it can be prevented.

  • - Reviewed evidence on wellbeing at work, and strategies to help maintain and improve wellbeing.
  • - Examined the concept of compassion fatigue, how to recognise it, and how to help.
  • - Considered the evidence on burn out, common misunderstandings, and ways to help prevent it.
Rosie Allister, Vetlife Helpline Manager - Vetlife

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