August is the month of Ramadan, the period of fasting and reflection by Muslims. It is now common practice within the NHS to review requests based on religious identity and practice of fasting balanced against operational need.

As supportive employers NHS trusts have recognised that it is good practice to accommodate these requests wherever possible. Accommodating religious belief and practices during Ramadan, does not mean allowing extra time off, it is about being flexible about employees’ existing holiday entitlement, working patterns or break periods during this month of fasting.

Similarly staff should also be aware of the health issues related to fasting, so that they are able to make more informed choices, minimise complications and maximise the benefit of their fast as well as operational effectiveness.