Menopause Matters

Menopause: Why This Matters

Six out of every 10 women experiencing menopausal symptoms say it has a negative impact on their work. With the right support, women do not need to press pause, struggle through, or leave their careers during this natural transition. Many women will continue to suffer in silence unless we break the taboo and start talking openly about the menopause at work.

Good menopause care has both direct and indirect impacts on workforce retention, productivity, presenteeism and absenteeism. Ensuring staff get the support they need is an important part of retaining experienced talent and skills. The right support would also reduce the impact of a person’s symptoms on their health and wellbeing, their effectiveness at work personal life and relationships.

Looking after our NHS people and supporting them is a critical priority. We need to ensure the NHS is the best possible place to work where its people can fulfil their potential. The NHS Menopause Improvement Programme is a key pillar of this work, supporting delivery of our NHS People Promise. This work will also align with the first Women’s Health Strategy for England, which the Government has launched.

Our NHS People Promise

As part of our commitment to supporting colleagues going through the menopause, NHS England recently signed the Wellbeing of Women Menopause pledge.

Please find recorded webinar on Menopause and the Dental Workforce, by Suzanne Banks CBE, Clinical Programme Lead, NHS England Menopause Programme.