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RCM launches guide for working with the menopause

3 May, 2016

RCM launches guide for working with the menopause

A new guide for midwives who are working while going through the menopause has been developed by the RCM.

The guide, which is believed to be the first of its kind, forms part of a new series of equality and diversity publications that were launched by RCM over the past week.

Over a third of RCM members are between the ages of 45 and 55, a stage in a woman’s life where menopause can happen.

The guide includes information on the symptoms of the menopause and the effect it can have on work, particularly in a maternity unit, how employers can help and what the RCM workplace reps (WPRs) can do.

RCM employment relations advisor Amy Leversidge said that dealing with menopause as an issue was important when over 99% of RCM members were women and more than a third of them were possibly experiencing symptoms.

It would also be of great value to RCM WPRs, she said.

‘It’s vital that they discuss the issue of menopause in the workplace with heads of midwifery to make sure conditions in the workplace aren’t making symptoms worse.

‘It is well known that when staff are motivated and valued, clinical outcomes are better. The RCM believes that investment in staff is an investment in care,’ said Amy.

RCM members can access the report here

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