Uniform Alternatives - NHSScotland Menopause and Menstrual Health Policy

As you will be aware, NHSScotland’s Menopause and Menstrual Health Policy was launched in October 2023 which supports staff experiencing menstrual health and menopause related conditions at work. Since launching the policy, NSS have had an increase in queries regarding access to more lightweight and breathable uniforms for staff experiencing menstrual health and menopause related conditions.

As such, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the different uniform options that employers can order to accommodate these requests.

The range of lightweight options within the Dimensions range include scrubs and tunics, no dresses are currently available. The current uniform material is 170gsm (65%/35% Polyester Cotton Xtraflex) and the lightweight options are 145gsm, details below: 

  • D397/8 (Unisex scrub top & bottom)145gsm Poly Cotton Mix
  • NF26 (Female fit scrub top) 145gsm Poly Cotton Mix
  • NF48 (Women’s classic style tunic) in 145gsm

The clothing fabric is available to be dyed, however it is important to note these options may not match some of the specific NHSScotland colourways, and will incur a price increase. This fabric is also not likely to last as long.  

In addition to uniform adaptations, employers can refer to the workplace adjustments guide here for additional ways to support staff.

Finally, we would like to prompt a gentle reminder that the NHSScotland National Menopause and Menstrual Health policy is now in place and has been since 31st October, so we urge you to promote this policy throughout Health Boards. We would appreciate if you could ensure the policy is mentioned and linked on your webpages, which can be found here: Interim national menopause and menstrual health policy for NHSScotland.  

We do recognise the great local practice happening within Health Boards to promote Menopause and Menstrual Health, and we would ask that you continue promoting this to staff.