Government Veterinarians Wellbeing Survey

This survey intends to capture information affecting the wellbeing of veterinarians undertaking government roles, directly as government employees or under contract. The survey opens on 17th March 2018 and will close on the 16th June 2018. It should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The results of this survey will be analysed and presented in a report collated by the Association of Government Veterinarians and Government Veterinary Services. This report will be key in presenting information specific to the wellbeing of veterinarians working for the government, as a distinct subset of the veterinary profession.

* 1. What organisation are you employed by?

* 2. How long have you been working for Government?

* 3. What working pattern do you have?

* 4. Where do you spend the majority of your working time?

* 5. Do you work in a challenging environment (physical and/or mental)?

* 6. Does your workplace have a policy / standard to support staff faced with violence and aggression?

* 7. Does your organisation provide you with Dynamic Risk Assessment training?

* 8. Are you aware of the method of reporting accidents / near misses / incidents in your organisation?

* 9. Have you had to report an incident in the last six months?

* 10. If you have not reported an incident or near miss that has occurred, was it because:

* 11. Do you have the correct equipment to carry out your role?

* 12. Have you carried out an ergonomic / display screen / equipment risk assessment?

* 13. Does your organisation have a "Red Flag" system to identify particularly hazardous places and situations? 

* 14. If there is a known threat are you provided with appropriate support? e.g. police / more colleagues / other enforcement officers.

* 15. Does your organisation have a "walk away" policy when faced with dangerous situations?

* 16. Does your organisation have a "lone worker" policy or standard?

* 17. Do you have a solution to lone working in your organisation?

* 18. Do you feel isolated at work?

* 19. Do you feel valued for the work you do?

* 20. Do you feel you have sufficient training available to undertake your work?

* 21. Do you feel you are treated with respect at work?

* 22. Do you receive regular feedback on your performance?

* 23. My manager is open to my ideas:

* 24. I have regular 1:1s with my line manager:

* 25. I feel supported by members of my team:

* 26. Does your role require you to have "difficult" conversations?

* 27. Have you received training specific to these "difficult" conversations?

* 28. Do you feel your manager supports you through any emotionally demanding work?

* 29. Do you know how to access other support, e.g. colleagues, mentoring or coaching support?

* 30. Have you been involved in mass culling / euthanasia during your employment?

* 31. If the answer to Q30 was yes, did you find this difficult or emotionally challenging?

* 32. Did you have support mechanisms in place during mass culling/euthanasia exercises?

* 33. If the answer to Q32 was yes, did you make use of the appropriate support mechanisms?

* 34. Do you have different priorities at work that are hard to combine?

* 35. How would you describe your workload over the past six months:

* 36. Do you have control over the way you do your work?

* 37. Do you have clear work objectives?

* 38. Does your role include line management responsibilities?

* 39. If you answered yes to Q38, have you received training to equip you with management skills?

* 40. Do you believe that you manage your time effectively?

* 41. Does your organisation have a career progression path for vets?

* 42. Are you content with the veterinary career progression opportunities?

* 43. Does your role require you to undertake tasks that you find ethically challenging?

* 44. As part of your role, have you witnessed situations that you found distressing?

* 45. Do you know where to go in the business when faced with a personal ethical dilemma?

* 46. Are you aware of support available to you when faced with witnessing distressing situations?

* 47. Does your role allow you to influence the outcome of situations that you find distressing?

* 48. Do you have professional indemnity (including insurance) and legal support within or outside or your organisation? 

* 49. Where changes are made at work, are you clear about how they will work out in practice?

* 50. Do you have enough opportunities to question managers about change at work?

* 51. Does your organisation have a mechanism to ensure that you are briefed with key lines to take with the public in topics relevant to your role?

* 52. Do you think the public's perception of the Government veterinary sector is:

* 53. Do you think that communications between Government and its veterinary staff is:

* 54. Do you think that communications between the Government and the public are:

* 55. Do you think that communications between vets and the public is:

* 56. Are there regular opportunities to engage with policy / operational colleagues?

* 57. Are there regular opportunities to engage with veterinary stakeholders? 

* 58. Are there regular opportunies to engage with other stakeholders / customers?

* 59. Over the past six months have you completed work whilst outside of contracted hours that could not be finished during normal hours, (such as: leave, flexi, sickness absence)?

* 60. If the answer to Q59 was yes, how often?

* 61. Have you attended work during the past six months when you felt either emotionally or psychologically unwell?

* 62. Has your role led to a mental health condition (e.g. depression, anxiety, etc.)?

* 63. If you have suffered a mental health condition, did you seek treatment?

* 64. If you have suffered a mental health condition, has it led to time off work?

* 65. Are you aware of any workplace resources that exist to support you with stress and wellbeing?

* 66. Are you aware of any negative social media relating to an area of work you are involved in?

* 67. If the answer to Q66 was yes, does negative social media impact on your personal resilience?

* 68. If you have an example of a task that has affected your wellbeing and would like to share it with others, please describe it in no more than 250 words. Please do not include any information that would identify yourself or others

* 69. This space is free for you to share any other information you would like to contribute towards this scoping survey. Please do not include any information that would identify yourself or others.

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