International Women's Day

NHS Women Leaders Network

To mark International Women’s Day 2018 on 8 March, the Health & Care Women Leaders Network held an event in Parliament to discuss progress on achieving gender parity on NHS boards.

With representatives from NHS Improvement, NHS Leadership Academy, the Care Quality Commission, the General Medical Council, and NHS trusts, the group discussed the recommendations set out in NHS Women on Boards: 50:50 by 2020, a report authored by Professor Ruth Sealy in 2017.

The event was sponsored by the chair of the Health Select Committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, who gave her support for the network and its championing of the 50:50 by 2020 agenda, drawing comparisons on the need for a 50:50 parliament. The event was chaired by our network chair, Samantha Allen

During the event, many attendees shared their leadership journey, with some speaking of facing cultural or critical barriers. A key theme discussed was the need to 'life as we climb' to ensure we offer a ladder down to the talent coming up.

Throughout the roundtable discussion, the attendees echoed the words of the suffragettes in that it is deeds not words that will bring about change. As a result, the group discussed several actions to take forward, including working with the NHS Women on boards advisory group and organising mentoring for aspiring leaders.

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day was #PressforProgress. We asked female leaders across health and care explain what progress looks like to them in this film.

Read our network chair Sam’s blog about why we should press for progress in the NHS and find out more about Sam and her leadership journey and plans for the network in our film below.

To keep abreast of work on the 50:50 by 2020 agenda, follow @hcwomenleaders or join the network.


Introducing the new chair of the Health & Care Women Leaders Network from NHS Employers on Vimeo.

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