29th August 2019

The Migraine Trust joins forces with the Civil Service to help its employees who work with migraine

Thousands of Civil Servants in the UK work with migraine

The Migraine Trust is teaming up with the Civil Service to provide more support for the thousands of civil servants working with migraine across the UK. The new partnership, being launched as part of Migraine Awareness Week (1-7 September), aims  to raise awareness and increase understanding among the Civil Service workforce of what migraine is and how it can be managed at work.

They have joined forces because migraine is a highly prevalent and often debilitating neurological condition and the impact of which is exacerbated, including in the workplace, by widespread lack of understanding.

With a workforce of tens of thousands, and one in seven people worldwide experiencing migraine, there are likely to be high numbers of people working in the Civil Service with the condition.

Working across Civil Service

The campaign involves working with HR teams, mental health advocates and disability champions from across departments on developing their understanding of migraine and how it can impact on a person at work. It will highlight the positive role that they can have in helping reducing the impact of migraine on employee’s working lives.

There is also a communications campaign that includes migraine awareness posters displayed throughout the Civil Service. A key target of the campaign is people with migraine, to let them know that the Civil Service wants to help them manage their condition in their working life, and to encourage them to seek that help. It is also targeted at everyone working in the Civil Service to raise awareness that migraine is a complex neurological condition that is highly prevalent and that they are likely to be working alongside colleagues who have the condition.

One of the posters that is being displayed for Migraine Awareness Week

Supportive culture

Praising the Civil Service for its commitment to developing a working culture that is supportive of people working with migraine, Gus Baldwin, the chief executive of The Migraine Trust, says:

“Migraine can have a very serious impact on a person’s life. While their employer can’t cure their migraine, they can play a key role in helping them manage it at work. With one in seven of the population getting migraine, this is important for all employers to consider.

“By creating a working environment that is aware and understanding of migraine, and supportive of people with the condition, the Civil Service will not only have a positive impact on their lives, but on its entire organisation as well. This is a wonderful example which we hope will inspire other organisations to follow.”

Sir Phillip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary at the Home Office and Civil Service Disability Champion, said:

“It is our responsibility to create a workplace that provides staff with the support and understanding they need to thrive. Migraines are an extremely serious and often debilitating condition that affect a significant proportion of the population, including those in the Civil Service.

“We are delighted to have teamed up with The Migraine Trust to shine a light on the workplace challenges migraine sufferers face, and to raise awareness of what we – as employers and colleagues – can do to help.”

The Migraine Trust supports people with migraine and organisations in managing migraine in the workplace. It provides support through its Advocacy Service and has a range of workplace resources.