Why do we need a Menopause Toolkit? 

good practice approaches to help make the menopause transition easier

This toolkit has been developed as part of the School's commitment to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all staff. Menopause should not be taboo or 'hidden'. While it's true that each individual will experience the transition through the menopause differently - and that not everyone will experience symptoms - there are some general good practice approaches that can help to make that transition easier. 

This toolkit aims to go some way to raising awareness about what the menopause is, and to move towards a culture where people feel more able to talk about it openly without embarrassment or fear that disclosure might impact on someone's career. It's understandable that not everyone will feel comfortable having these sorts of discussions within a workplace context (such as with their line manager), so it's important that staff know that they can also approach a friend at work, a colleague, or one of the resources within the School that support staff wellbeing (such as the Staff Counselling service). 

This toolkit is a developing resource for staff and managers. The content here has been produced in accordance with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines - at the same time, the general guidance in this toolkit should be interpreted alongside available information (including medical advice) that relates to an individual's particular circumstances. Employees and managers who would like further advice and support about how to manage a particular situation should contact their HR Partner.