24 / 9 / 2015 2.59pm
The HSJ Women Leaders Network, supported by NHS Employers, launched with a lively debate on the controversial topic of whether men should be allowed to join the network.
The event, held at the Congress Centre, London on the 23 September, brought together around 80 senior and emerging women leaders in health and social care.
The debate, which was chaired by HSJ's executive editor Adele Waters, heard from Jackie Daniel, chief executive of University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust, Chris Lake, head of professional development at NHS Leadership Academy, Helen Buckingham, chief of staff at Monitor and Debbie Sorkin, national director of systems leadership for the Leadership Centre.
The network took a majority vote against allowing men to join, although its members were in agreement that male colleagues should be encouraged to support the network and that the issue of membership may be revisited at a later date.
Helen Birtwhistle, director of external affairs at the NHS Confederation, said: "There is no shortage of inspirational women leaders in the NHS, and it was wonderful to meet some of them at this event. I look forward to being part of this network that I hope will empower, encourage and celebrate the talents of women, in turn helping the NHS and its partners deliver world class services for the people we serve."
Read a storify from the evening and Helen’s blog for the HSJ.
To find out more, including how to join, visit our Women Leaders Network web pages.