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 Open Session at Lewes HQ to learn about the Menopause


Menopause is natural - all women will eventually experience it. For some, it will go almost unnoticed except for the tangibly obvious, some may experience it much sooner than expected and for others the time around the menopause will be marked with intense symptoms, sometimes leading to difficulties at home and work. Reports have shown that women value the opportunity to discuss openly the issues around menopause and how it affects them in the workplace.

The Force has run a session this year in Eastbourne, which was very well received and proved useful to those who may be affected by the menopause (now and in the future), partners of people who may be affected and staff who may manage people affected by the menopause. 

The next session will be held on Wednesday 23rd May led by Kathy Abernethy, a Menopause Specialist Nurse. Kathy has extensive clinical expertise as a Menopause Specialist, regularly seeing and advising women on all issues relating to menopausal health.

The session will be split into two parts:

Open Session at 12:00-13:15: Open to all colleagues, the session will be an opportunity to learn more about menopause, what to expect and to ask questions, in a safe environment.

A Managers & Supervisors Session at 13:30-14:30 Specifically for managers and supervisors, the session will focus on the considerations and support that can be provided to a team member experiencing the menopause.

Each session will be held in The Conference Room, Amberley Block, Lewes HQ and are open to colleagues located anywhere in the force area. Booking is not required, though any questions ahead of the session should be directed to Diversity@sussex.pnn.police.uk. The sessions will be replicated in the West division later in the year.


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Introduction of Dyslexia support software

Go to Branch SOG page and its under Disability Information



 Police Officer rules and regulations are not your 
rules and regulations. 

You are police staff there are fundamental differences 

You have some rights that Police Officers do not 

If you are not a member give it serious consideration
we are here to protect your rights.



With all the changes and upheaval going on in the Force we are extremely busy.  We desperately need some new Stewards to cover East and West and North of the county. If you are a member, please give it some thought.  But we would love to have stewards across the divisions.  

You would be fully trained and you would be entitled to facility time (see facilities agreement in Library on the website) to undertake the role. This means you are allowed to undertake the role in work time  It gives you access to all sorts of training to prepare you to be able to deal with many different issues.  

Helping colleagues is extremely rewarding and teaches many life skills useful in everyday life. Help us make a difference.  See the small video below. If you would like to chat about becoming a steward please drop us an email at.. admin@sussexpoliceunison.org ..  or give us a call.  

Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit member organisation that helps provide best practice and advice for line managers of individuals who have or may have a disability.
Go to Disability SOG pages for further information

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), we're focusing on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide.


Help and advice on How to Manage Stress on Members Welfare Page 




If you have an injury/incident at work or a near miss that is health and safety related REPORT on the FIAMS system. Go to the front page of the Intranet click on Health and Safety on the left hand side of your screen.
Then click on the box that says 'Incidents & Assaults - Reporting and Managing', then click on the 'Incident & Assault Web Form' and log in and fill in.  This is important even if it seems like a small insignificant injury/incident or near miss.  Remember something small can end up a lot bigger.  By reporting the H&S Unit can monitor incidents and injuries and take appropriate action or sanction measures to stop/reduce or alieviate the same incident/assault occurring again.


Take Ownership 

If you see a hazard or something that appears dangerous in your work place.  DO NOT ignore.  Report to your local facilities officer or report it on 544444 choosing facilities option.  Stop the problem getting bigger or someone getting injured. 

If you think Health and Safety is being breached or compromised then email Unison admin@sussexpoliceunison.org. If not a member ask a member to email  The Health and Safety officer can look into the problem.  This also applies if you have personal H&S issues you feel are not being met, if you are a member contact us at the office. 


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