We need to talk about the menopause and mental health

  1. Do you know what NHS England and CCGs are doing about the poor availability of specialist menopause services as highlighted by NICE’s guidance?
  2. What are NICE doing about assessing the evidence around CBT for the management of hot flushes and night sweats — treatment recommended in North America, but seemingly not featuring in the UK guidance?
  3. What can we all do, at a national policy level, around the issue of supporting women (including NHS staff) going through menopause? How is this feeding into thinking around the next national mental health strategy post NHS Long-Term Plan?
  1. I set up my own company — Lumino. It’s a joy to be building something new and much needed in this space.
  2. I secured a place on the Oxford Academic Health Science Network’s accelerator programme, run by BioCity, to help me refine my ideas.
  3. I raised £100k in funding from Innovate UK (thank you to them!) to build our first product.

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