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Support from Expert Practitioners

A key part of the One University pillar within our University vision, is our commitment to create an inclusive, supportive and collaborative working environment where colleagues feel able to be themselves and have access to what they need in order to succeed and flourish whilst at work.

That’s why we’ve introduced Peppy Health - to support all University staff as they, or their partners, face some of life’s most challenging transitions.

About Peppy

Peppy provide app based healthcare and wellbeing support to staff during major life transitions. For staff at the University (and their partners) Peppy will provide menopause support, fertility support and support for new parents.

Menopause Support

Kathy Abernethy is the Director of Peppy Menopause Services. Kathy is immediate past Chair of the British Menopause Society, the professional society for healthcare practitioners. She is a registered BMS Menopause Specialist with a Masters in Community Gynaecology and Reproductive Healthcare. She leads an award-winning NHS London menopause service and has a private menopause clinic in South West London. She is Director of an education initiative for nurses and her work is widely published, including her award-winning book ‘Menopause: The One Stop Guide’. Through her work, Kathy raises awareness of the impact of menopause and connects people to personalised, expert-led menopause support.

Baby Support

Rebekah Calladine is the Director of Peppy Baby Services. Rebekah is Interim Head of Midwifery at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust. She has 18 years' experience as a midwife working within the NHS and private healthcare. Rebekah leads a team of highly qualified perinatal practitioners, with the knowledge and expertise to support Peppy users through late pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

Fertility Support

Francesca Steyn is the Director of Peppy Fertility Services. Francesca is the Chair Elect of the Royal College of Nursing Fertility Nurses Forum. She has worked in various busy London units in both the NHS and private sectors and has co-authored RCN publications and guidance for fertility nursing staff. Francesca has also published Department of Health guidance on surrogacy best practice and care in surrogate births. She was awarded surrogacy professional of the year in both 2018 and 2019 at the National Surrogacy Awards and has had the opportunity to present her work on both national and international platforms.

What support can I receive? With the secure Peppy app, you have access to a range of features, including:
  • One-to-one personalised chat (a bit like WhatsApp) with expert menopause, pre & postnatal, and fertility practitioners.
  • Private video or phone consultations with specialist menopause, fertility, lactation and/or baby sleep consultants, along with a personalised report that you can share with your GP, if you need to.
  • Unlimited access to virtual seminars and broadcasts on topics that matter to you.
  • Mental wellbeing support from a registered mental health practitioner.
  • Tailored programmes designed to help you navigate these major life transitions, featuring video tutorials and practical advice from Peppy experts.
  • A series of useful resources curated by Peppy experts featuring evidence-based information aligned with NHS guidelines. These can help with talking to your GP or manager about your needs.
  • Access to moderated group chats which allow you to share your experiences and learn from others.
How do I download the app?

To get the app, search “Peppy Health” in the App Store or Google Play Store on your smartphone. From there, you will be asked a series of questions and will need to create your personal account using your university email address, so that you can access the tailored support you need.

Here’s how to get started:

● Search for ‘Peppy Health’ on the App Store or Google Play Store.
● Download the app.
● Select the service you would like to access.
● Register using your work email address, create an anonymous username and complete a short questionnaire.

Alternatively, scan the QR code here.

Confidentiality

Your work email address will only be used to prove you work for the University of Sheffield and to grant you free access. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be asked to enter a personal email address for all following communications. Your identity will be kept anonymous.

FAQ's

Why Peppy?

All women will go through menopause and many will experience symptoms that will have the potential to impact on them at work as well as their overall enjoyment of life. Menopause support can still be very difficult to find. Most GPs are under trained in menopause and not able to find the best treatment for their patients. Peppy plugs the gaps and gives you access to expert vetted practitioners through your smartphone.


Is Peppy free to staff?

Yes, Peppy is available free to use for employees and their partners.


Peppy asks for a work email during registration – is the service anonymous?

Yes, the service is anonymous. A work email is only necessary to complete the registration. Peppy will never share individual registrations or any other type of personal data with the University, or with any other organisation. For chats, your display name is chosen by you.


Can my partner, not employed by the University, use the app?

Yes, your partner can sign up to Peppy using your work email address. Please note that only one user can access Peppy, so it’s best if the person who’s likely to use the service most often downloads the Peppy app onto their phone.


What are the qualifications of the menopause practitioners?

Peppy menopause practitioners are NHS-trained registered nurses who have undertaken specific menopause training approved by the British Menopause Society. Read more here.


What is it like to have a menopause appointment with Peppy?

You can find out what it’s like to have a menopause appointment with Peppy, as well as how best to prepare for it, in this brief article.


How do I cancel my user account?

If you choose to cancel your end user account please email hello@peppy.health.


Menopause 

Around half of our workforce will experience menopause in their lifetime and these symptoms can be debilitating for many, having a detrimental impact on their experiences at work and at home. Women, non-binary, intersex or transgender people can all experience menopausal symptoms. Unfortunately this is rarely spoken about in the workplace and could mean that many colleagues may not be getting the help they need when they are having symptoms.

Menopause affects others too; partners, children and colleagues often struggle to support those going through it due to lack of understanding. It really is something that we all need to be aware of, sensitive to and comfortable talking about.

To find out more about the support on offer please take a look at this short video.

Events

Peppy run a series of regular events for users of the app. To see what's coming up please click below to view the calendar:

July


World Menopause Day

Peppy World Menopause Day Event Advert

Other resources

Tips for Partners

Watch this video from Kathy Abernathy, Director of Peppy Menopause Services, to find tips for partners of loved ones going through the menopause.


Baby

List of the support services from Peppy baby

Events

Poster showing events for the Peppy Baby Service

Other resources


Fertility

1 in 6 couples face fertility challenges. This can have a big impact on an individuals mental health and couples can also experience stigma, a sense of loss, and diminished self-esteem. Fertility challenges are not always easy to talk about but are often more common than you think.

If you are struggling to conceive, receiving fertility treatment or simply want to know more about fertility, you can download Peppy now and access professional, personal, private support from their fertility experts.


Events

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Other resources

Fertility Resources

Francesca Stern, Director of Fertility Services at Peppy, has created a guide with a list of useful, up-to-date and free resources to help you with your fertility. It also includes tips on how to make the most of an appointment to discuss fertility and trying to conceive with your GP, and where you can find out information about fertility services in your area. You can find the guide here.