The CEO of a Midlands hospice is set to join us for a free e-clinic focused around stress and workplace wellness.


Ways to combat and cope with stress will be shared during the latest in a series of hour-long online sessions hosted by our Wellbeing Manager Kerry B Mitchell, starting at 10am on Tuesday 6th April.


She will be joined by David Webster, CEO of the Dougie Mac Hospice – a charity which offers specialised care for patients with life-limiting illnesses when a cure is no longer possible.


The hospice provides free care to more than 3,500 patients each year in Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and the surrounding villages, as well as offering support to their families and carers.


David said:


“It’s important that colleague wellbeing isn’t simply tokenism, but that it’s woven into the tapestry of a values-driven organisation’s culture, as a natural part of what you stand for. If colleague wellbeing isn’t part of a broader canvas then it will struggle, but if it’s a natural fit within the culture of the organisation then it has every chance of long-term resonance.


“An example of considered workplace wellbeing is that clinical staff within our organisation have reflection time built into their day, but we believe that fundraisers and those within HR and marketing teams, for example, are all part of the same organisation so they should also be able to have that time where they reflect on how they are, and whether anything is going on around them which is impacting them.”


Kerry added:


“Even before the pandemic, three quarters of adults were reporting in the previous year they had felt so stressed they were unable to cope. Recent research shows two thirds have felt more stressed since Coronavirus restrictions began in March 20201.


“That’s why it’s so important for us to share information about the strategies which can be used to cope with stress, and combat it, as well as enabling e-clinic attendees to understand more about positive coping strategies. April is Stress Awareness Month too, so it’s a good time to get organisations focused on how they can support employees who are struggling with stress, as well as equipping individuals with the tools they need to effectively combat the stress they are experiencing.”


Kerry added the session would particularly focus on how an organisation’s culture can impact employee stress levels, including key values around workplace wellbeing, initiatives which make a positive difference, and information about The Culture Audit.


For more information and to book your free place on the Workplace Wellness e-clinic, visit or email 📧💻📅


In addition to monthly e-clinics, Paycare Wellbeing offers a range of training opportunities including a two-day virtual accredited Mental Health First Aid course. Visit to find out more 👩‍🏫📚


Do join us for what promises to be an insightful session with a unique chance to learn from David and Kerry’s joint expertise 😊


See you there!