Last updated: 11 April 2022
New Menopause Service for colleagues launches 11 April.
Menopause is a phase of life and everyone's experience of menopause is different. While some may sail through it with barely a symptom, it isn’t an easy transition for all. By increasing awareness of the menopause, encouraging open conversations, and with the right support, we can help to improve the experience at work and in personal lives too.
The HIOW ICS Health & Wellbeing programme are offering a Menopause Support Service to help all colleagues understand the menopause better and access help when its needed.
The service offers:
- One to one appointments with advisers from the Health and Wellbeing Support Service: email HWSS@hhft.nhs.uk or self-refer online using the QR code below.
- Where appropriate, a referral letter to your GP can be given to you from our specialist clinician, Dr Caroline Taylor.
- Menohealth are providing online menopause awareness sessions twice a month throughout the next year.
- Henpicked are delivering sessions to train managers and menopause champions to help them support staff.
- Online fitness classes are running three times a week specifically for those going through peri-menopause or menopause - focusing on improving bone strength and increasing fat burning potential.
Want to find out more?
Resources for all colleagues, such as the Menopause Toolkit, guidance for colleagues and managers, timetables and stories are available on the People Portal at: https://bit.ly/35Blter
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The Health & Wellbeing Support Service offers one to one consultations for HIOW NHS and Primary Care colleagues on a range of healthy living issues including menopause. Contact the team today to find out more: Call 0300 772 7099 or email HWSS@hhft.nhs.uk or self-refer online at the People Portal: https://bit.ly/37cVxpY
The Menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. It takes place as the woman’s oestrogen levels decline and is a natural part of ageing.
If you experience symptoms of the menopause before the age of 45 it is advisable to go to your GP for further investigation and confirmation of the diagnosis. If the symptoms start impacting on your overall quality of life it is also advisable to discuss this with your GP.
There are ways that you can address the symptoms of the menopause such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for psychological symptoms and lifestyle changes (diet and exercise).
Symptoms can include:
Urinary tract infections
Joint aches and pains
Weight gain and loss of muscle mass
The Faculty of Occupational Medicine has produced guidance on menopause and the workplace, and an accompanying infographic offering advice, tips and stats which you can look at here: FOM Menopause Guidance
If you prefer to have more information on your phone, have a look at this great app: Balance
Or if you are looking to get support with other individuals that might also be experiencing something similar please get in contact with the Menopause Support Group