Menopause Support in the Workplace

Breaking the silence, improving menopause support...

About the project:

Menopause can have a huge effect on individuals in the workplace, with many saying that the symptoms have negatively impacted their ability to do their job.

When we talk more openly about the menopause and when the right support is in place, we can improve health and wellbeing – as well as retain talent, experience and skills.

A menopause implementation lead has been appointed for the North East and North Cumbria, who is working across the system to share best practice, resources, and connect to the Women’s Health Strategy for England.

The importance of menopause support

Although the menopause is a natural process (in the main), occurring between 45 and 55 years of age as sex hormone levels decline, it can affect women at any age. In fact, as many as 1 in 100 will experience a menopause before they are 40 years old. Whilst menopause affects all women, symptoms can also be experienced by trans men and non-binary people born with ovaries.

Symptoms can have a physical impact, or impact on our mental wellbeing and can last over a decade. Dealing with the symptoms of menopause is reported as ‘very difficult’ for around 77% of women, and research by the Fawcett Society highlights that:

  • around 1 in 10 women have left their job;
  • 14% reduced their hours; and
  • nearly 10% had not sought promotion as a result of menopausal symptoms.

As the NHS records around 77% of its workforce as women, who will all experience menopause, this is a huge issue and we are committed to support our colleagues to stay well.

About the Menopause Implementation Lead

Across the North East and North Cumbria we have the highest rates of suicide among females aged 45-49 years, we have significantly high prescribing of anti-depressants, and we know from the national work on the Women’s Health Strategy for England that although women live slightly longer on average than men, they do so in more years of disability and ill health. These factors could be part of the menopause or could come at the same time, making symptoms of the menopause worse for some of us.

The North East and North Cumbria Menopause Implementation Lead is a new role, working across the system to support and share some of the excellent work already underway, to make links where there are resources to develop and share, and to connect to the Women’s Health Strategy for England.

Jacqui McBurnie is working to this role, and as well as facilitating what's already happening in the system, Jacqui is a resource to input and support more directly where gaps are identified. Jacqui's key aims are to achieve transformation in culture and awareness, on policy rollout, sickness reporting, to support key projects and to improve the wellbeing of our colleagues. The hope is to help those experiencing menopausal symptoms to feel recognised, more energised, and also to feel more connected to their team and to their organisation.

Contact Jacqui via email: [email protected]


Menopause training and events

Free  │Various durations

Various sessions focusing on menopause and the support available will be advertised via the Boost training and events page.

Take a look to see what's currently on offer...

Menopause awareness training

Free  │ Under 1 hour

Designed for NHS colleagues, it takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and gives scenarios to better understand support.

Click here to access the eLearning programme...

Menopause for occupational health staff

Free  │ Under 1 hour

NHS England has developed a package of e-learning resources specifically designed for occupational health staff.

The online module, which takes less than 30 minutes to complete, covers signs and symptoms of the menopause and looks at how people may be impacted in the workplace. The programme also includes information on making reasonable adjustments and advice on providing specialist support for staff.

Click here to access the programme...

Mental health during the perimenopause and menopause

Free  │ 2 hours

The royal college of psychiatrists has published a free, 90-minute training module on Mental health during the perimenopause and menopause.

The module will look at perimenopause and menopause in the context of mental health, the hormonal and neurotransmitter changes that occur, perimenopausal mood disorders and prescribing hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

This module is free for those without a paid subscription - you will need to register with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. If you are already a member, you can log in and complete it.

Find out more on the Royal College of Psychiatrists website...

Menopause awareness training

£30  │ 2 hours

The course provides learners with a general understanding of the stages of the menopause and adjustments. Offers an accredited CPD certificate.

Click here to find out more...

NHS England - Supporting colleagues affected by the menopause

Your GP Appointment - Information Sheet

HRT - Information Sheet

Testosterone - Information Sheet

On 13 March 2024, Jacqui McBurnie (North East and North Cumbria Menopause Lead) delivered a presentation on 'Menopause, wellbeing and the workplace'. Take a look at the recording below:

'Breaking ground in workplace menopause support' - read about the Menopause Clinic at South Tees, which is taking strides in addressing the critical need for menopause support in the workplace. Find out more here...

A number of libraries stock menopause collections - there is a dedicated link on our shared library catalogue with a collection of books on menopause available across NENC. Take a look here...

Blood, sweats and tears menopause event - On World Menopause day 2023,  Healthwatch Middlesbrough held this event for both professionals and members of the public. Take a look at the insightful presentations from:

Access FREE Menopause sessions via our training & events page:

If you are interested in accessing menopause support, or require any further information, please contact Jacqui McBurnie (North East and North Cumbria Menopause Implementation Lead) via email:
[email protected]


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