What we do

Women leaders network

The Health & Care Women Leaders Network aims to bring shared learning and engaging events to our members.

We hold regular network events throughout the year which provide a mix of inspirational speakers, audience discussion, interactive workshops and networking opportunities.

We also run regular tweet chats about the issues that matter to our members, using the hashtag #NHSwomen. Take a look at our Twitter moment for a summary of our most recent chat on imposter syndrome.

The style of the network recognises the seniority of our membership, but our tone and delivery is inclusive and informal. We are a community of like-minded thinkers and doers. We want to achieve the best that we can in our career and help the women around us to progress too.

If you’ve yet to attend a women leaders event, you may want to get a feel for who we are and what we do by accessing some of our resources. 

Guides

Our guide on 'How to set up your own women's network' can help you consider everything you need to set up a network in your organisation.

Webinars

Our network chair Samantha Allen took part in a webinar on gender pay reporting and the pay transparency agenda in November 2018, coordinated by Gapsquare. Listen to the webinar on You Tube.

Flexible working webinar - moving beyond 37.5, June 2018. Catch up on the webinar recording below.

Panel included Samantha Allen, chair of the Health & Care Women Leaders Network, Kirstie Stott, director of Equilibrium, Dean Royles, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust and Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support.

 

Reports

 

Flexible first: Realising the potential by Kirstie Stott of Equilibirum (May 2017)

 

NHS women on boards: 50:50 by 2020 by Professor Ruth Sealy of Exeter University Business School (March 2017)

 

Women into leadership: A plan for action by Dr Penny Newman (December 2015)

Podcasts

 

Episode 1 - Leading from every seat with Nursing Times editor, Jenni Middleton and NHS Confederation former director of external affairs, Helen Birtwhistle.

 

Episode 2 - Moving from 'we should' to 'I will' with KPMG partner Claire Warnes. 

 

Episode 3 - Why networks matter to me with Dr Theresa Shaw, chief executive, Foundation of Nursing Studies.

 

Episode 4 - Leaders come in all shapes and sizes with Doctor Elaine Maxwell, associate professor of leadership at London’s Southbank University.

 

Episode 5 - A new vision of NHS leadership with Stephen Dalton, former chief executive of the NHS Confederation and the Mental Health Network, Navina Evans, East London NHS Foundation Trust and Steve McManus, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

 
Episode 6 - Making an impact with Kirsty Smith, advanced paramedic at North West Ambulance Service, and Becci Martin, director of Boo Coaching and Consulting.

Blogs

 Why more women should thrown their hat into the ring for senior roles - Ian Trenholm, CEO, Care Quality Commission
 What helps me do my job effectively - Lynda Thomas, CEO at Macmillan Cancer Support
 Why we should #PressforProgress in the NHS on International Women's Day 2018 - Sam Allen, chair of the network
 The power of womens networks - Sarah Walter, NHS Confederation
 Flexible working - moving beyond 37.5  - Kirstie Stott, founder and director of Equilibrium.         
 Be the change we want to see - Sam Allen, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
 My leadership journey - Kathy McLean, executive medical director of NHS Improvement.

 How to be bold - Salma Yasmeen, director of strategy for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Play the long game - Lisa Unwin, founder of She's Back. 

Get this right or you won't get anywhere - Susan Ritchie, life coach.

Finding your true north - Rebecca Howard, psychotherapeutic coach and leadership psychotherapist. 

The value of mentoring - Dr Helen Woolnough, senior lecturer in psychology, Leeds Beckett University.

 Sharing the leadership journey – Karen Finlayson, partner at PwC.

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