​Fire service tackling health taboos

Championing better working lives by tackling one of the last health taboos – menopause

The service was recently recommended as a model employer in terms of the mandatory training it’s commissioned for its managers.

As a result, Assistant Chief Fire Officer David Myers was part of a discussion panel at the Houses of Parliament today (Wednesday,16 October) contributing to discussions around recommendations to Government.

Mr Myers said: “We’re delighted to have been nominated as a model employer and recognised for the work we are constantly doing to retain valuable and talented employees.

“This is just one project that’s part of a wider programme to support all of our workforce. We aim to create a place where everyone feels valued as well as driving positive change in the world of work.”

According to CIPD, the professional body for experts in people at work: “For every ten women experiencing menopausal symptoms, six say it has a negative impact on their work and nearly a third of women have taken sick leave because of their menopause symptoms, but only a quarter of them felt able to tell their manager.

The CIPD is launching a series of recommendations to Government which will raise awareness, incite action and improve the working lives of women going through menopause transition.

The Service’s longer-term plans include further training for all staff as well as creating a peer network group. The aim is to create an understanding around the signs and symptoms of menopause and an open culture where managers and staff can build better support for women in the workplace.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service also supports the recommendations made by the CIPD and MPs Rachel MacLean and Carolyn Harris to raise menopause as a priority on its public policy agenda on work, diversity and inclusion.

For further details regarding recruitment at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service visit https://www.shropshirefire.gov.uk/careers

Pictured right to left: Assistant Chief Fire Officer David Myers with Director of Talking Menopause, Sarah Davies and co-founder Lynda Bailey.


For further information or media enquiries, images or interviews email Maria.Bagnall@Shropshirefire.org.uk or call 01952 260 185.

Ref: PR08

16th October, 2019