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NHS must offer flexible working to staff with menopausal symptoms, says guidance

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: (Published 24 November 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o2845
  1. Adele Waters
  1. The BMJ

Up to 20% of NHS staff who could be affected by menopausal symptoms at work have been promised new flexibilities in guidance from NHS England.

The guidance lays down best practice for how NHS organisations should support staff managing the effects of the menopause. This could include reasonable adjustments to working patterns—for example, lighter or different duties, adjusting start and finish times, flexible break times, flexible working hours, and remote working.1

The guidance also recommends simple steps such as using fans to help make temperatures more comfortable, cooler uniforms, and staff training to increase awareness. In addition, human resources teams have been instructed to record menopause related absence on electronic staffing record systems.

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