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Dental Protection’s Paula Rix scoops Menopause Friendly Employer Award

Post date: 29/09/2023 | Time to read article: 3 mins

The information within this article was correct at the time of publishing. Last updated 29/09/2023

Paula Rix from Medical Protection Society (MPS) – which Dental Protection is part of – 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 is an operational lead focused on driving improvements in the support provided to members.

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. Dental Protection’s 2022 engagement campaigncalled for more training, support and flexible working arrangements for dental 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 Dental Protection’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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  1. 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

  1. Category 2: Most Inclusive Menopause Friendly Employer

Joined Up Care Derbyshire

  1. Category 3: Most Open Workplace


  1. Category 4: Best Engagement Campaign

Department for Education

  1. Category 5: Most Menopause Friendly Environment


  1. Category 6: Best Trained Workforce

Bristol Myers Squibb

  1. Category 7: Best Training Initiative

BT Group

Highly Commended - Dentons

  1. Category 8: Best Support Group


Highly Commended - Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

  1. Category 9: Most Supportive Partner

Huddersfield Town Football Club

  1. Category 10: Community Award

Paula Rix – Medical Protection Society

Gill Thomas – Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

  1. Category 11: The Carolyn Lazurus Award

Maureen Montague – University of Greenwich

About Dental Protection

Dental Protection is a registered trademark and a trading name of The Medical Protection Society Limited (“MPS”). 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.

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