National Care Group launches menopause hub

Claire Leake

National Care Group (NCG) has launched a dedicated menopause hub to support colleagues and normalise conversation around the condition.

The provider, which offers support for vulnerable adults in the UK, said it was ‘just at the beginning’ of its journey to offer help on the topic and interrelated health conditions.

MenoHub provides tools and guidance to colleagues either going through or supporting a family member with the menopause. By highlighting the range of symptoms, common misconceptions and coping mechanisms associated with the condition, the hub aims to provide a starting point from which to grow, according to Claire Leake, people director at NCG.

‘Wellbeing is at the heart of our culture and we want to normalise the conversation around the menopause. This can be a particularly difficult time in a woman’s life, but we approached this with a collective mindset – the menopause, of course, does not just affect those with the condition but also family, friends and colleagues too,’ Leake said.

‘There’s also the factor of mental health support, acknowledging that the menopause can commonly often be misdiagnosed as depression in women. So our ambition is to open up this often sealed topic to gain a greater understanding.’

The portal includes an external webinar hosted by Sarah Davies, founder of Talking Menopause.

In addition, NCG has appointed Carla Day, a registered manager at the group’s Caewern Lodge service in South Wales, as its dedicated menopause champion, offering phone and email support. Day has also published a menopause diary One Leg Out: A Tragicomic Memoir.

The number of employment tribunals citing menopause has been on the rise, according to figures from HM Courts and Tribunals Service. Menopause was cited in five cases in the last nine months of 2018 but rose to ten in the first six months of 2021.