We explore some key facts and figures around women and medical leadership.
I joined Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh FT as MD in 2010 and we defined our values, appointed value based leaders, implemented excellent governance, with robust staff and patient engagement we have transformed the Trust. Value based leaders always uphold values of NHS, put patients at the heart and work with staff and create excellent culture. Leaders job is to appoint right people to do right job and create a culture and climate where every staff feel happy and proud to work.
In value based leadership diversity thrives and leaders are appointed only on the basis of merit. It is our staff who told me consultants with high values. It is those consultants who put patients at the heart, good team players, respect everyone and nice human beings and true role models.
Sadly many consultants who want to be leaders and those who management and leaders appoint as leaders may not be the right leaders for patients, staff and NHS. NHS leadership strategy has to change and we must appoint only value based leaders who themselves are kind, caring and compassionate and look after both patients and staff very well. In such a culture patients, staff and NHS is safer and better.
Women need to be taught to believe in themselves and recognise that what they take for granted in themselves is in fact extraordinary