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The month of Ramadan, the period of fasting and reflection for Muslims, runs from today (6 June) until the 6 July.
Accommodating religious belief and practices during Ramadan is about being responsive to employees’ needs. It does not necessarily mean extra time off, it is about offering flexibility around existing holiday entitlement, working patterns or break periods. As supportive employers, NHS trusts have recognised that it is good practice to accommodate staff requests wherever possible.
Similarly staff should also be aware of the health issues related to fasting, so that they are able to make more informed choices, minimise complications and maximise the benefit of their fast as well as operational effectiveness.
Fasting, in one form or another, has always been an important and often necessary part of religious life, discipline and experience in many faiths. This year Muslims in the UK are facing the longest Ramadan in 33 years
Several NHS organisations have developed useful guidance to help both staff and managers, including:
Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion have also produced an employers guide to Ramadan which you can share with your staff.
Find out more on the religion and belief