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Lunch and Learn Session – What is the menopause and what can I expect?

Virtual via MS Teams.

Come and join our Lunch and Learn session to hear why awareness of the menopause is important for all of us and how it has a significant impact on our wellbeing. We will explore what the menopause is, when we should expect it and why, and how we can learn to maximise our wellbeing and even thrive through this process of change.

Across the Health and Social care sectors, nearly 80% of jobs are held by women* and of this group, women outnumber men in 40-49 and 50-59 age groups in all regions; nearly 50% of the working population are women between 45 and 64 years old. Menopause therefore has the potential to create a significant impact on our workforce, both in terms of staff retention and our physical and mental wellbeing.

Reasons to support menopause awareness in the workplace

  • Women are balancing this time of change with family caring commitments, both for growing children and in some cases elderly parents
  • Women are working well into their 50s and 60s and beyond with the number of older women in the workforce is expected to rise. Some will experience severe symptoms for several years without a clear end date
  • Women typically experience menopause and peri-menopause when they have a number of years of experience in their role; they have a lot of knowledge and experience to share
  • Without workplace adjustments the organisation could lose numbers of valuable, experienced staff who are expensive and difficult to replace

This session is presented by Jacqui McBurnie who is the Chair of the NHS England and NHS Improvement Menopause Network.


*Please note we have utilised ONS data to capture the numbers of female staff groups within average age range as a mechanism to highlight key cohorts – we fully appreciate the variations in early, post menopause and in trans+/gender fluid colleagues and extend our welcome to you also for this event.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in menopause, or creating an inclusive workplace, including women, employers, HR Managers/Officers; equality leads, staff networks, wellbeing officers; senior managers and representative groups in the Midlands.


Please Note:-

If you need any special requirements with regards to accessibility, either during, or after the event, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to assist.

We will send an email with details of joining instructions for the day to all participants, prior to the date.

In order to participate you may need a webcam and a headset.

Your computer will need to have the sound function on so you can hear and speak at the webinar.

You will need to be connected to the internet for the duration of the webinar.

This webinar may be recorded.

Questions about this event?

Organiser : Wendy Walker

Email: midlands@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk