About this event

  • Date and time Tue 14 May 2024 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Occupational Medicine, Society of Occupational Medicine

We are pleased to invite you to a pivotal event focused on women's health and well-being in the workplace this upcoming May. The event will provide a dynamic platform to delve into the intricate interplay of women's hormonal physiology, discuss the challenges of menopause, address the prevalent issues of inequality and discrimination, and exchange knowledge and insights in a two-way discussion.

Distinguished medical experts will deliver presentations, offering a nuanced exploration of how these factors intersect with women's professional lives. Through these expert-led discussions, attendees will gain valuable insights into the physiological aspects of hormonal fluctuations, the impact of menopause on workplace dynamics, relevant mental resilience factors and the pervasive challenges of inequality and discrimination.

This is a joint meeting with The Society of Occupational Medicine.

By attending you will:

  • Gain a thorough knowledge of the various aspects of women's health, including the complexities of hormonal physiology and the challenges associated with menopause.
  • Acquire practical strategies for integrating insights from the meeting into your professional practices.
  • Learn how to become an advocate for workplace equality and to take action against discrimination.

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Early Bird pricing available until 01 April 2024.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£77.00 £46.00 £46.00 £46.00 £24.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee SOM Fellow SOM Associate SOM Retired SOM Trainee Student SOM Student
£141.00 £84.00 £84.00 £77.00 £46.00 £46.00 £46.00 £44.00 £24.00

Key speakers

Mr Shaheen Khazali

Consultant Gynaecologist, Endometriosis Surgeon, The Lister Hospital

Ms Emma Persand

Director, Lemur Health Ltd 

Ms Gosia Bowling

Emotional Wellbeing National Lead, Nuffield Health 

Dame Lesley Regan

Dame Lesley Regan DBE

Women's Health Ambassador for England, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Imperial College London

Speaker's biography

Professor Dame Lesley Regan is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College, St Mary’s Hospital, London. Having graduated from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London in 1980, Professor Regan pursued her career at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where she first became enthused by clinical & laboratory research, completing an MD on miscarriage, the commonest complication of pregnancy.  She went on to set up the world’s largest recurrent miscarriage clinic at St Mary’s.  Professor Regan was the 30th President (2016-2019) of the RCOG, during which time she co haired the national Women’s Health Task Force and published the RCOG Better for Women report which highlighted the need for an NHS led women’s health strategy. Lesley was awarded a DBE for her services to women’s health in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List. She was appointed chair of the WoW charity in October 2020 and became the first ever Women’s Health Ambassador for England in July 2022, to help implementation of the Government’s recently launched Women's Health Strategy.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Lanre Ogunyemi, President, Society of Occupational Medicine

Women in work: An occupational physician’s perspective

Dr Nikki Cordell, Consultant, Occupational Medicine, CEO, Cordell Health

The L Word’ – Living not Languishing

Ms Gosia Bowling, Emotional Wellbeing National Lead, Nuffield Health 

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Introduction to the Apothecaries lecture

Dr Lanre Ogunyemi

Apothecaries lecture

Dame Lesley Regan DBE, Womens Health Ambassador for England, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Imperial College London

Presentation of the Apothecaries medal


Dr Sam Valanejad, President, Royal Society of Medicine Occupational Medicine Section 

Endometriosis affects one in ten women in the workplace. An overview and latest developments

Mr Shaheen Khazali, Consultant Gynaecologist, Endometriosis Surgeon, The Lister Hospital

Menopause in the workplace: a bi-directional experience

Dr Eleni Armeni, Consultant, Endocrinology and Diabetes, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

'A spotlight on women' or 'women in the spotlight'

Dr Clare Fernandes, Chief Medical Officer, Head of Health, BBC 

Navigating occupational challenges and their health impact as a female journalist

Mrs Rana Rahimpour, Independent Iranian-British Journalist 

Breaking barriers: Exploring cultural factors influencing health and work outcomes

Ms Emma Persand, Director, Lemur Health Ltd 

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom


Registration for this event will close on 13 May 2024 at 1:00am (BST). Late registrations will not be accepted.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

The agenda is subject to change at any time.  

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations. 

We are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. This is at the presenter and the RSM’s discretion. 

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.