Advancing women in medicine summit

Date: 
Venue: 
The King's Fund
Event type: 
One-day conference

About the summit

About the summit

The aim of this summit was to move from debating the issues facing women doctors in leadership positions, to agreeing the actions for change. The summit was a significant demonstration of our ongoing commitment to building medical leadership, including growing and supporting the pipeline of future medical leaders.

We collaborated with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM), The British Medical Association (BMA), Medical Women’s Federation (MWF) and The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) to signal our intention to encourage the system to take action in this area.

Programme

Session 1: Perspectives on female medical leaders and what individuals can do to improve women’s ability to achieve their full potential

Welcome and introductions

Vijaya Nath, Assistant Director of Leadership Development, The King’s Fund

Women in medicine and the wider context

Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief, British Medical Journal

Perspective: Medical Director

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director, NHS England

Perspective: a female medical leader

Dr Kate Granger, Acting Consultant in Medicine for Older People, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Perspective: government

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health

Q&A session with speakers

Session 2: Rhetoric to action: what organisations can do to improve women’s ability to achieve their full potential

Chaired by Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King’s Fund

A personal perspective on what organisations can do to improve women’s ability to achieve their full potential

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health

Panel discussion: how can the NHS move from 'rhetoric to action’?

  • Clare Marx, President, Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Professor Jane Dacre, President, Royal College of Physicians
  • Dr Sally Davies, President, Medical Women’s Federation
  • Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, Chair of Equality and Inclusion Committee, British Medical Association
  • Dr Penny Newman, Member and Coach, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management
  • Vijaya Nath, Assistant Director of Leadership Development, The King’s Fund

Panel discussion: what can we learn from other organisations?

  • Una O’Brien, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health
  • Aparna Mehrotra, Senior Adviser on Coordination and Focal Point for Women in the UN System, UN Women
  • Harri Weeks, Adviser, Athena SWAN Charter – Equality Challenge Unit

Reflections and close

  • Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King’s Fund
  • Vijaya Nath, Assistant Director of Leadership Development, The King’s Fund
  • Clare Marx, President, Royal College of Surgeons of England