Men as allies

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The Health & Care Women Leaders Network, delivered by NHS Confederation and NHS Employers has published a new report called Men as allies.

In this report, the network, explores some of the important actions and behaviours men can take to support the development of female leaders in the NHS.

The report was compiled following conversations with a number of male senior leaders who shared their views on the barriers facing women getting to leadership roles in the NHS and how those can be overcome. It also includes contributions from a Tweet chat held by the network on the topic of men as allies in January 2019.

Network chair  Sam Allen said  “To achieve progress on gender balance across the NHS, we need men, as leaders and as colleagues, to understand the barriers women can face in the workplace and be prepared to ask women how they can be better allies,”

“To attract, retain and motivate our workforce together, we all have a role to ensure the working environment in the NHS is one that supports all and helps everyone to achieve their potential. Balance is better for everyone.”

Research has found that where men are actively involved in gender equality, 96 per cent of organisations report progress, she added. Where men are not involved, only 30 per cent show progress.

Read the report Men as allies.

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