Analysis

Period policies: why every NHS workplace should have one

Managing bleeding and pain at work can be difficult for nurses, especially on long shifts or home visits, yet few employers have formal policies or support in place

Managing bleeding and pain at work can be difficult for nurses, especially on long shifts or home visits, yet few employers have formal policies or support in place

  • Heavy bleeding, period pains and access to toilets and sanitary products can all pose a challenge for nurses at work
  • Our investigation found only one out of 139 NHS employers has a formal period policy in place
  • What’s required to enable nurses to talk openly about periods in the workplace and access practical support, and how one trust is creating a culture of support with its period policy
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Only one out of 139 NHS employers has a period policy in place for their nursing staff, a Nursing Standard

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