With a significant and increasing number of women now employed at all levels across many industries in the UK (particularly the veterinary sector) the subject of the menopause has never been more relevant. 

Data from the Department for Work and Pensions confirms that menopausal women are the fastest growing demographic in the workplace.• Discussion around this subject and the impact it can have in the workplace has begun. It is no longer acceptable to ignore the subject matter.

Anna Judson’s excellent article and a Webinar from Dr Karen Morton consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist via veterinarywoman.co.uk. A joint report from Veterinary Woman and SPVS entitled ‘Menopause in the Veterinary Profession’ along with the myth busting Channel 4 programme Sex, Myths and the Menopause with Davina McCall have all helped to raise the profile.

Post pandemic, access to your GP may still be restricted and even if you are able to book an appointment to discuss your symptoms (common minor ones include hot flushes, brain fog, mood swings, & loss of concentration) the level of support you receive can vary hugely from one GP to another.

With staff shortages across the profession, holding onto and supporting your most experienced female staff has never been more important.

Sarah Powell from our Shire Health and Wellbeing department outlines how two major health insurance providers have stepped up to the challenge of menopause and how we can help you access this support for women in your veterinary practice.

Insurers recognise the importance of offering specialist services alongside their normal Private Medical Insurance offerings with Vitality and Bupa being just two of the insurers to tailor their offerings to support women at this crucial time in their lives.

Vitality has partnered with Peppy, an expert personalised support service, to provide dedicated support to its clients. Members are able to access a wealth of resources through Peppy’s app-based digital health platform, to help them manage their symptoms, access expert advice and receive support from others also going through the menopause. They will have access to one-to-one text chat and phone or video consultations, as well as online webinars and exercise classes, with their expert practitioners able to refer members directly back to Vitality for treatment where required.

Whilst Vitality offer access to advice and support through digital methods, Bupa are going one step further to offer a tailored Menopause Plan including an assessment of your symptoms, discussions with a specially trained GP, referral for any tests required and a personalised care plan. This is further enhanced with follow up appointments and after care for 12 months after your first appointment.

Shire Health and Wellbeing can help you to tailor your health insurance requirements to ensure you get the best treatment that is most suitable for you. Working hard for both personal and business clients, our dedicated team review the whole market of healthcare providers to offer an array of wellness services including Private Medical Insurance, Cash Plan, Employee Assistance Programmes, Flu Vaccinations, Health Assessments, and more. We can help you build a bespoke package of benefits to best suit the requirements and budget of yourself and your business.

• www.bupa.co.uk/business/health-insights