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Access guidance to support your workforce during Ramadan 2022

Ramadan begins on the evening of Saturday 2 April and concludes on Sunday 1 May, access guidance to help both managers and staff during this period.

16 March 2022

Traditionally Ramadan is a time for communal prayer, spiritual reflection, meals with extended family and friends to break daily fasts, concluding with the community celebration of Eid-Ul-Fitr.

Many NHS staff who are Muslim and observe fasting during Ramadan, will participate in a daily period of fasting, starting at sunrise and finishing at sunset over the month. 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.

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. Those who are ill with COVID-19 won't be able to take part in daily fasting, as fasting is not compulsory, or advisable for anyone who is ill or has a medical condition.

Several organisations have developed useful guidance to help both staff and managers during Ramadan.

Should you have any questions about Ramadan or supporting religion in the workplace please email diversityandinclusion@nhsemployers.org