Leeds woman Paula Rix from the Medical Protection Society (MPS) has won the Community Award at the prestigious 2023 Menopause Friendly Employer Awards.
Now in its second year, the 2023 Menopause Friendly Employer Awards recognise organisations and individuals whose commitment and determination have succeeded in providing support, solutions and resources that normalise menopause in the workplace.
The panel for the Menopause Friendly Community Award category were moved by what Paula and other nominees had done to demonstrate their passion, drive and commitment to bring about significant change among their organisations, friends and families. Many of the finalists have turned a difficult personal experience into something positive and beneficial for their colleagues.
Paula lives in Leeds, and works as an operational lead driving improvements to member services at MPS in Leeds. MPS is the world’s leading protection organisation supporting over 300,000 healthcare professionals.
MPS was also a finalist for the Best Engagement Campaign Award, alongside organisations including BT, Colt Technology Services and the Department for Education. The judges recognised a wide range of creative campaigns, all serving to raise awareness and inspire conversations about menopause in the workplace. MPS’s 2022 engagement campaigncalled for more training, support and flexible working arrangements for healthcare professionals going through the menopause, to reduce the risk of a potential exodus of passionate and skilled professionals from the workforce.
Professor Dame Jane Dacre, MPS President, said: “This award is a much-deserved recognition for the drive and commitment Paula has demonstrated to changing the culture around menopause in the workplace, including establishing a Menopause Network, training, events and policy. The work Paula started and continues to drive forward is directly responsible for the successful achievement of MPS’s industry-recognised Menopause Friendly Accreditation in 2022.
“Her work and passion also inspired our external campaign, which enabled us to take our internal learnings outside our workplace to influence better menopause awareness and support across the healthcare arena. We are delighted this external work was also recognised as a finalist in the Best Engagement Campaign category.”
Hosted by Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace and powered by headline sponsors HSBC UK, first direct, M&S Bank and Peppy, the industry-recognised Menopause Friendly Employer Awards were presented by broadcaster Louise Minchin on Thursday September 14 2023 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel. Over 350 guests gathered there while another 250 joined virtually from across the country.
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2023 Menopause Friendly Awards Winners
To find out more visit: https://menopausefriendly.co.uk/awards/ or contact: [email protected] / 07787 533143
- Category 1: Menopause Friendly Employer of the Year
Menopause Friendly Employer of the Year - Thames Valley Police
Small Menopause Friendly Employer of the Year - Marine Management Organisation
Highly Commended - Bristol Myers Squibb
- Category 2: Most Inclusive Menopause Friendly Employer
Joined Up Care Derbyshire
- Category 3: Most Open Workplace
- Category 4: Best Engagement Campaign
Department for Education
- Category 5: Most Menopause Friendly Environment
- Category 6: Best Trained Workforce
Bristol Myers Squibb
- Category 7: Best Training Initiative
Highly Commended - Dentons
- Category 8: Best Support Group
Highly Commended - Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
- Category 9: Most Supportive Partner
Huddersfield Town Football Club
- Category 10: Community Award
Paula Rix – Medical Protection Society
Gill Thomas – Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
- Category 11: The Carolyn Lazurus Award
Maureen Montague – University of Greenwich
The Medical Protection Society (MPS) is the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals. We protect and support the professional interests of more than 300,000 members around the world. Membership provides access to expert advice and support and can also provide, depending on the type of membership required, the right to request indemnity for any complaints or claims arising from professional practice.
Our in-house experts assist with the wide range of legal and ethical problems that arise from professional practice. This can include clinical negligence claims, complaints, medical and dental council inquiries, legal and ethical dilemmas, disciplinary procedures, inquests and fatal accident inquiries.
Our philosophy is to support safe practice in medicine and dentistry by helping to avert problems in the first place. We do this by promoting risk management through our workshops, E-learning, clinical risk assessments, publications, conferences, lectures and presentations.
MPS is not an insurance company. All the benefits of membership of MPS are discretionary as set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.