Last reviewed 2 August 2022

The House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee has recommended that the menopause is given more priority in initial training for GPs.

A recent report, Menopause and the Workplace said: “We recommend that the Royal College of General Practitioners makes training on menopause a mandatory aspect of continuing professional development requirements for GPs.”

The committee also said that, in the meantime, “all GP surgeries should ensure that at least one member of their clinical staff has received specific training around menopause”, with a menopause specialist or specialist service in every Clinical Commissioning Group area by 2024.

The report described how, over the next three months, the Government should communicate to ensure GPs and patients know about current National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines, which allow a 12-month HRT prescription, as well as the forthcoming single-cost pre-payment certificate.

It said this public health campaign should include, but not be limited to, writing to all GPs and community pharmacists to ensure they know about the new scheme; communications in GP surgeries, pharmacies and walk-in centres; and through the GOV.UK website and DHSC social media accounts.

The report also recommended that the Care Quality Commission considers whether practices are “providing effective, evidence-led menopause care” as part of their inspections.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has already approved certain vaginal HRT tablets to be available over the counter without a GP prescription.

The Menopause and the Workplace report is available on the Parliament UK website.