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WFH pass for NHS menopausal workers as new guidance could mean ‘lighter tasks’

WFH pass for NHS menopausal workers as new guidance could mean ‘lighter tasks’

  • Menopausal women working for the NHS may be able to work from home due to symptoms
  • NHS chief Amanda Pritchard said ‘flexible working patterns’ will be considered
  • “Suffering silently” women shouldn’t just “grin and put up with it,” she said

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Menopausal women working for the NHS are allowed to work from home if their symptoms require it.

NHS England chief executive Amanda Pritchard said ‘flexible work patterns’, which may include lighter duties, will be considered for women struggling with symptoms.

Miss Pritchard also urged other employers to follow suit to help menopausal women “thrive” at work.

The first ever NHS guidance on menopause instructs employers to consider ‘any reasonable adjustment to their working patterns’.

Miss Pritchard wrote in the Daily Telegraph that women workers who are “suffering in silence” should not be expected to “grin and bear it”.

NHS England chief executive Amanda Pritchard (pictured) said ‘flexible work patterns’, which may include lighter duties, will be considered for women struggling with menopause

“Menopause is not a health condition, it’s a phase of life, and I want all women facing this transition in the NHS to have access to the right support to stay in work and thrive,” she wrote.

“Women approaching or going through menopause shouldn’t accept being uncomfortable at work or embarrassed about talking about a transition that’s part of life.”

The NHS is the largest employer of women in Britain, with one million of its 1.3 million employees being women.

Miss Pritchard said women between the ages of 45 and 54 make up a fifth of the total health service workforce.

She has also called for cooler uniforms and fans to be offered to menopausal women at work.

Menopausal women working for the NHS are allowed to work from home if their symptoms require it (file photo)

Menopausal women working for the NHS are allowed to work from home if their symptoms require it (file photo)

Menopausal women working for the NHS are allowed to work from home if their symptoms require it (file photo)

Launching guidance on menopause, Miss Pritchard told the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in Birmingham that she hoped the health service would lead the way for other employers.

She urged all employers to support staff with symptoms such as hot flashes.

“While some local teams are already implementing initiatives to support women with menopausal symptoms – simple steps like flexible working, ventilators to help with more comfortable temperatures, cooler uniforms and staff training – I want this to happen across the board.”

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