We Work Together S2 E5 guests Amy Tatham, Anne Connolly and Laila Ahmed There are 3.5 million women over 50 in the workplace in the UK and women make up 77 per cent of the 1.3 million people in the NHS workforce alone – so why do we not talk more about the menopause when it affects so many of our colleagues and loved ones?

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership is working with people affected by the menopause across health and social care to stamp out the taboo and stigma that still exists.

We’re doing this in partnership with Henpicked, an online community for ‘women who weren’t born yesterday’ and the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum through its #RockMyMenopause campaign.

Whether you’re a person experiencing perimenopause or menopause, a friend, partner or family member of someone who is, or whether you’re a leader or healthcare professional – join us to get informed, make a difference and help us to bring menopause to the mainstream.

Take a look at the resources, listen to our podcast or join us for one of our ‘let’s talk menopause’ virtual sessions launched as part of International Women’s Day 2022 – because menopause deserves a mention and it’s time to #BreakTheBias.

NEW - three day train-the-trainer menopause advocate course starting June 2022 - book now

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership – Menopause Advocate/Train the Trainer

We’re passionate about the wellbeing of our colleagues and want to equip our workforce to feel comfortable talking about menopause openly.

The aim of this programme is to enable you to understand about the menopause, what changes happen and its symptoms, think about the different ways of managing them and signpost help and support to enable colleagues experiencing menopause to make informed choices. Participants will also gain practical skills and resources in how to run workshops and support groups and provide peer support, along with planning for raising awareness across your organisation.

This in-depth course includes action planning and preparing you for how you will raise awareness and run sessions yourselves.

Participants must be able to attend all three training dates.

This training is being offered in partnership between Henpicked and West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (our integrated care system, or ICS) and is open to all staff and volunteers working in health and social care.

 

For more information and how to book a place click here. Places are limited so please book to avoid disappointment.

Free ‘Let’s Talk Menopause’ virtual sessions

A series of free menopause awareness sessions are taking place to coincide with International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March 2022.

The sessions are being offered in partnership between Henpicked and West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership and are open to all staff and volunteers working in health and social care.

Sessions are being held for colleagues, for people working in human resources (HR) or occupational health (OH), for line mangers wanting to understand how to support their teams and for partners, friends and family members of someone going through the menopause.

Use the links below to book your place:

Sessions for colleagues

Menopause resources for colleagues

We’ve pulled together the list of handy menopause resources below to provide information and support for those experiencing the menopause.

They may also be useful if you know someone who is experiencing perimenopause or menopause, or you want to understand more about what it feels like to experience it.

Please let us know if there’s anything else you think we could add by using the feedback form at the bottom of this page.

General resources about the menopause

Resources about menopause symptoms

Resources about staying well during the menopause

If you work in health or care across West Yorkshire and are experiencing feelings that are difficult to cope with, our mental health and wellbeing hub is here to help. You can self-refer yourself confidentially to the hub or alternatively, you can email bdccg.wyh.mentalwellbeinghub@nhs.net to arrange a wellbeing check-in.

Resources about menopause in the workplace

Resources about speaking to your GP during the menopause

Menopause resources for line managers and HR teams

As people managers and health and care leaders, we are responsible for ensuring we support our colleagues through every stage of their life.

Below are a selection of resources that can help people and HR managers to provide compassionate and informed support for colleagues experiencing the menopause.