World Menopause Day is held every year on 18 October, to raise awareness, break the stigma and highlight the support options available for improving health and wellbeing.
Menopause is not just a gender or age issue; it is an organisational issue. It can impact on colleagues both directly or indirectly. Awareness on this topic is fundamental and reducing the stigma attached to it is vital so that more people will talk openly about it so it can begin to be normalised and people can get the support they need. NHS Employers continues to highlight the importance of this topic and continue to support organisations so they can improve staff experience.
Did you know?
- There are 3.5 million women over 50 in the workplace in the UK.
- Women make up 77 per cent of the 1.3 million people of the NHS workforce.
- In the UK, the average age for a person to go through menopause is 51.
- Symptoms of the menopause can last up to 10 years.
- Symptoms range from cognitive, physical and psychological symptoms (for example hot flushes, muscular aches, poor concentration, anxiety and headaches).
- Around one in 100 people that experience the menopause, will go through the transition before age of 40.
- Three out of four people experience symptoms, one in four can experience severe symptoms, which impact on their day-today life.
World Menopause Day 2021
The theme for 2021 is bone health. The international menopause society has a range of resources including posters and toolkits to support this year’s theme.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is holding two menopause specific events:
Join these events and get involved in menopause conversations.
Resources to support you and your colleagues
There is an array of resources available about the menopause, designed to inform, support and raise awareness including:
- Our menopause and the workplace page which has information and offers practical guidance for NHS organisations on improving workplace environments, examples of good practice, case studies, and extensive signposting to resources.
- The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group’s (HSWPG) Menopause at work guidance which was developed in partnership with trade unions and management side to help organisations support the workforce, help line managers support their staff and support employees to look after themselves.
- Our health and wellbeing conversations guidance for line managers to help them hold confident, skilled and sensitive conversations with colleagues, particularly useful when discussing the menopause with those directly and indirectly affected by the menopause.
- Pausitivity's support pack containing conversation at work guidance, symptom sorted and further signposting.
- The Society of Occupational Medicine guidance on menopause and the workplace which tackles the occupational aspects of menopausal symptoms.
- NHS Employers flexible working web pages which includes useful information and resources surrounding flexible working options to help conversations when supporting those impacted by the menopause.
- A useful blog entitled What is the Non-Binary Experience of Menopause? written about the menopause from a non-binary perspective.
Get in touch
If your NHS organisation has examples of good practice in supporting colleagues impacted by the menopause, please email firstname.lastname@example.org