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Menopause: how reasonable adjustments could help nurses at work

Healthcare employers are not yet compelled to make workplace adjustments for nurses experiencing the menopause – but what changes might help staff manage symptoms?

Healthcare employers are not yet compelled to make workplace adjustments for nurses experiencing the menopause – but what changes might help staff manage symptoms?

Working in healthcare while trying to deal with menopause symptoms can be a significant challenge, as many nurses know.

Some commentators suggest that nurses and other healthcare staff who find themselves managing menopause symptoms should be offered reasonable adjustments to their working conditions to take account of the impact of these symptoms.

Reasonable adjustments for menopause symptoms: the law

Reasonable adjustments in the workplace are only legally required where an individual has a recognised disability. At present, menopause and its associated symptoms are not classified as a disability. Therefore, there is no legal requirement

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