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Menopause

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 40881, tabled on 20 July 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of medical schools in England have mandatory menopause training on their curriculum.

Answered on

5 September 2022

The information requested is not held centrally. In England, each medical school determines its own undergraduate curriculum, which must meet the standards set by the General Medical Council (GMC) in its Outcomes for Graduates. The GMC expects that, in fulfilling these standards, newly qualified doctors can identify, treat and manage the care needs of patients, including the menopause.

Whilst undergraduate curricula do not highlight specific conditions, it emphasises the skills and approaches which a doctor must develop to ensure accurate and timely diagnoses and treatment plans for patients. On 20 July 2022, the Department published the Women’s Health Strategy for England, which states an ambition for undergraduate curricula for all healthcare professionals to include teaching and assessment on women’s health.