Of the 1.3 million people employed by the NHS, one fifth of that workforce are women aged between 45 and 54. This means that up to one fifth of that workforce could be experiencing menopausal symptoms. Under new guidance, NHS staff going through the menopause can consider flexible working as one of the measures to help them cope with their symptoms.
Launching the first national NHS guidance on menopause Amanda Pritchard (NHS England Chief Executive) highlights the importance of destigmatising the taboo associated with talking openly about menopause.
The guidance includes advice on HR aspects such as how to record menopause related absences together with suggestions to line managers and leaders on how they can create an open environment for having regular health and wellbeing conversations with their team and how they can implement reasonable adjustments to support menopausal employees