Kicking off a study on menopause and the NHS workforce
NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit’s (MLCSU) Strategy Unit is undertaking a study to examine the impact of menopause on the NHS workforce.
Menopause is a natural part of ageing. It usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman’s oestrogen levels decline. The years leading up to menopause are referred to as the perimenopause, which usually lasts between four and eight years.
During this period, many women experience symptoms which adversely affect their personal and working lives. While experience is far from uniform, women frequently report lower productivity, reduced job satisfaction and problems with time management.
This is a significant issue for the NHS. It is the largest single employer in Europe, and around 75% of its 1.85 million employees are female. Given current pressures, it is especially important that the NHS understands the likely impacts of the menopause on its workforce.
Yet there are gaps in our knowledge. And this hampers employers’ ability to design effective support. To address this, the Strategy Unit is leading a study to explore:
- The proportion of the NHS workforce that are likely to be in the perimenopausal period and the socio-demographic and employment characteristics of this group.
- Sickness absence rates amongst perimenopausal women compared to younger and older women and to men of a similar age.
- The economic impact of NHS staff experiencing perimenopause and menopause, through assessing sickness absence. The rates of women joining and leaving the NHS workforce during the perimenopausal period, compared to younger and older women and to men of a similar age.
- The experience of women working in the NHS in managing their perimenopause and menopause symptoms whilst at work.
- The different experiences of women across Agenda for Change bands and staff groups in managing their symptoms and accessing workplace support.
The study will start in April and run for six months. The team will benefit from the involvement of two specialist clinical advisors for this study:
- Dr Louise Newson, who is a GP and menopause expert. Louise is the founder of Newson Health Menopause & Wellbeing Centre, and author of ‘Preparing for the Perimenopause and Menopause’
- Dr Sarah Hillman, who is a GP and University of Warwick researcher with a specialist interest in healthcare feminism (see Sarah’s TEDxNHS talk).
Equipped with insights from this work, the NHS will be more able to support its workforce.
For more information please contact Dr Abeda Mulla (email@example.com)
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