The month of Ramadan will begin in the evening on Tuesday 15 May and end the evening of Thursday 14 June. The month will involve periods of fasting for Muslims, this means abstaining from food, drink (including water) and smoking. While fasting is an important part of Ramadan it is also a time of self-reflection and self-evaluation for Muslims.
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.
Several NHS organisations have developed useful guidance to help both staff and managers during Ramadan.