Our events

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Networking events are a prominent feature of the Health & Care Women Leaders Network - we profile key speakers that are engaging, motivating and inspirational.

Our network events so far, have covered everything from professional development, mindfulness, resilience, key reports and policy and of course, inspirational leadership journeys.

Our next event

Our annual conference was due to be held on 11 November this year, because of the current situation with COVID-19 we have had to change our plans. We are planning to hold a virtual event during November which will be every bit as brilliant as a face to face conference. Watch this space, more details to follow very soon.

Past events

On Wednesday 15 July the network supported Women Speakers in Healthcare to deliver a virtual workshop on how to effectively influence in virtual meetings. During the workshop Cath Baxter, a leading voice coach and a public speaking expert talked about how you can become positively conscious of your verbal and physical delivery in an online world covering themes including:

  • Setting the stage - ensure background supports communication.
  • Ready for your close-up? - the impact of effective eye contact.
  • The hand is the visual part of the brain - effective use of gesture online.
  • Think before you speak - how we need to speak more slowly and deliberately online.
  • Death by PowerPoint! - how even a few slides can kill a presentation or meeting online.

Check out this Twitter moment and some highlights from the webinar in the video below.

On Thursday 21 May we held a webinar aimed at supporting health and care staff to stay safe and stay connected during COVID19. Watch the webinar on the NHS Confederation website.

On Friday 6 March 2020 the network hosted a reception in the Houses of Parliament attended by a group of senior colleagues and network members to celebrate International Women's Day 2020. Follow our day in this Twitter moment

On 13 November 2019, we held our third annual conference under the theme Balance is Better for everyone. Take a look at our Twitter moment for a summary of the event.

Our speakers included Prerana Issar, chief people officer at NHS England and Improvement, chief fire officers Dawn Whittaker and Chris Blacksell and Professor Ruth Sealy, author of the NHS Women on Boards:50:50 by 2020 report.

Delegates also attended breakout sessions run by Yetunde Hofmann, Amy from The Wellbeing Collective, and Paul Deemer from NHS Employers and Ricky Somal from Southern Health.

Our second keynote was delivered by Dr Penelope Dash from McKinsey. Network friends FlexNHS also delivered a presentation before our final panel session featuring a number of senior women in the NHS launched our #WonderfulWomenDo campaign.

Confed19

In June 2019, we held a session at Confed19 looking at 'How to achieve a winning mindset' presented by performance psychologist, Michael Caulfield. Take a look at our vox pop video below to get a feel for what attendees thought of the session.

In November 2018, we held our second annual conference. Catch up on the event in our Twitter moment.

The event brought together members of the NHS Confederation and NHS Employers run network of senior and aspiring female leaders working in health and care under the theme of #liftasyouclimb.

The day saw presentations from several speakers including Dr Kathy McClean from NHS Improvement and Professor Ruth Sealy, talking about the NHS Women on Boards: 50:50 by 2020 report, a session which was subsequently covered in this article by our media partner the Health Service Journal (HSJ). Two of the HSJ’s top 50 CEO’s of 2018, Marianne Griffiths and Dr Navina Evans, also joined fellow CEO and network chair Samantha Allen to share their leadership journeys.

Speakers from within the public and private sector were also in attendance, including the Greater London Authority, Belinda Parmar from The Empathy Business and Saatchi & Saatchi London, alongside breakout sessions on mentoring and how to set up a women’s network in your organisation.

 

 

 
  • On 3 December 2015, the network gathered for the launch of NHS Women in Leadership: A Plan for action, a new report by Dr Penny Newman. Find out what happened and read the full report.
  • On 3 December 2015, the network gathered for the launch of NHS Women in Leadership: A Plan for action, a new report by Dr Penny Newman. Find out what happened and read the full report.
  • On 3 December 2015, the network gathered for the launch of NHS Women in Leadership: A Plan for action, a new report by Dr Penny Newman. Find out what happened and read the full report.

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