About this event

  • Date and time Tue 7 Jun 2022 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Online

This is a live stream of an in-person event. To attend this event in person, please click here. Please note that only a few selected sessions will be available for the live stream.

While women make up 77% of the NHS workforce, a closer look at leadership roles in the health service reveals significant under-representation.

Despite 44.7% of executive and non-executive roles in the NHS being held by women, this headline figure conceals significant geographical disparities across the country ranging from 15% to 78%. Factors include lack of role models, imposter syndrome, work-life balance and organisational culture.

This conference aims to address the issues surrounding the under-representation of women in healthcare leadership roles and inspire the female leaders of the future. 

The programme will explore the barriers women face in developing roles in healthcare leadership and provide the practical support needed to overcome these challenges. 

Key speakers will include Dame Jane Dacre, Professor of Medical Education at UCL and Ms Tamzin Cuming, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Chair of the Women in Surgery Forum at the Royal College of Surgeons. Panel discussions will feature guests Dr Simon Fleming, trauma and orthopaedic trainee, and Miss Rebecca Fisher, IST trainee. Round-table discussions will be led by Dame Professor Parveen Kumar, Dame Carol Black, Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones and many more. 

During this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the preventable gender-related barriers within healthcare that impede women from obtaining leadership roles
  • Provide an understanding of how to address the causes of under-representation
  • Share the practical tools and support women need to further their leadership ambitions and career goals

A CPD certificate with 3 CPD credits will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording.

About the Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation

The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation seeks to support and promote projects calculated to promote the advancement of research and education for the public benefit of preventative medicine or surgery and research.

“A healthy lifestyle can not only add years to your life but also life to your years.”

Up to half of all deaths in the UK are now the result of health choices that people make. Preventative healthcare consists of measure taken to prevent disease and illness and leads to people in both developed and developing countries enjoying longer and healthier lives. It is the future of healthcare and, with increasingly stretched budgets, preventing disease and illness represents the most effective use of scarce financial and human healthcare resources. These are the reasons why the Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation is focusing on preventative healthcare.

The Foundation will fund cutting-edge research and related initiatives which will support pioneering research that is, increasingly, demonstrating this important cultural/healthcare link.

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Key speakers

Lady Estelle Wolfson of Marylebone

Lady Estelle Wolfson of Marylebone

Chairman, The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation

Speaker's biography

Since 1991, Lady Wolfson has, with her late husband, Lord Wolfson, been one of UK's leading philanthropists. Lady Wolfson is a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, King's College, London, University College, London, the Ashmolean, Oxford, Imperial College, London and the Royal Albert Hall and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians 2018.

Lady Wolfson is Patron of the Royal College of Surgeons, a Member of Cancer Research UK and has held trusteeships at the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal Society of Medicine and the Global eHealth Foundation and was a member of the Lord Major's Appeal Committee, The Red Cross International & Scientific Committee and the Campaign for Institute of Physics, Chair of the Committee for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

Lady Wolfson is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company Apothecaries, Honorary President of Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem and was awarded Freedom of City of London in 2013.

Henrietta Bowden-Jones - Promo

Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones

Trustee, Royal Society of Medicine, Consultant Psychiatrist

Speaker's biography

Professor Bowden-Jones is President of the RSM’s Psychiatry Section. A medical doctor and neuroscience researcher, she works as a consultant psychiatrist in addictions. She is the founder and clinical lead of two NHS national clinics in the UK. She is the Immediate Past President of the Medical Women’s Federation and a regular host of the RSM’s In Conversation Live series, interviewing high profile guests in the field of politics, technology, human rights and education. In her academic role she is Honorary Professor at UCL’s Faculty of Brain Sciences and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at Cambridge University.

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar Promo

Dame Parveen Kumar

Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Education

Speaker's biography

Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Education, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. Honorary Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Barts & The London NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust.

Her interests turned to education and she now teaches, lectures and examines for MBBS and postgraduate degrees in this country and many countries abroad on a regular basis. She developed the only MSc in Gastroenterology in the UK. 

She was a founding Non-Executive Director of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, at its inception and Chairman of the Medicines Commission UK. She was Vice President for the Royal College of Physicians and President of the British Medical Association. She was also Director of CPD and Assistant Director for International Education for the RCP and Chair of the BMJ eLearning committee. Currently, she is Chairman of BUPA Foundation Charity for Research, Trustee of many other charities and President of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Mr Simon Fleming

Dr Simon Fleming

Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgical Trainee

Speaker's biography

Simon Fleming is a trainee Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon based in London who has a national, and growing international reputation, for his campaigning work to drive up standards in medical education and drive out bullying in the NHS and other healthcare organisations.

Dame Jane Dacre

Professor Medical Education, University College London, Physician/Rheumatologist, Whittington Health, President, Medical Protection Society, Former President, The Royal College of Physicians

Speaker's biography

Jane trained as a doctor at UCH Medical School, qualifying in 1980. She undertook her postgraduate clinical training in General Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. She has recognised expertise in the scholarship of assessment, and has been instrumental in the development, implementation and evaluation of several undergraduate and postgraduate assessment systems in medicine.

Jane has a broad interest in all aspects of the performance of doctors. Recently this has included an evaluation of the effects of gender and ethnicity on the career trajectories, and performance of women and BME doctors.

She was Women in the City Woman of Achievement in medicine and healthcare in 2012, and was in the inaugural HSJ list if inspirational women in healthcare in 2013. In 2014 she was elected President of the Royal College of Physicians. The third female president in its 500 year history.


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Welcome and introduction

Professor Roger Kirby, President, Royal Society of Medicine 

Keynote speech: Using heretical leadership to fix the NHS

Professor Scarlett McNally, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Eastbourne, Deputy Director, Centre for Perioperative Care, President-elect, Medical Women’s Federation (MWF), Honorary Clinical Professor, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Closing the gap: the benefits of a representative workforce at all levels

Dr Habib Naqvi, Director, NHS Race and Health Observatory 

Panel discussion + Question and answer session

Chair: Dr Ebere Okereke, Senior Technical Adviser for Global Public Health, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change 

Dame Jane Dacre, Professor of Medical Education, University College London, former Director, UCL Medical School 

Dr Habib Naqvi, Director, NHS Race and Health Observatory 

Dr Lolade Giwa-Brown, Plastic Surgery Trainee, Immediate Past –President, ASiT 

Panel discussion + question and answer session: Managing circumstances and cultural change

Chair: Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE, Trustee, Royal Society of Medicine, Consultant Psychiatrist 

Dr Simon Fleming, Trauma and Orthopaedic trainee and culture advocate, Royal Free Hospital

Miss Rebecca Fisher, ST2 General Surgery trainee, Severn Deanery 

Ms Homa Arshad, Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics, Barts Bone and Joint Health


Interviewer: Victoria Macdonald, Health and Social Care Editor at Channel 4 News 

Professor Neena Modi, Physician and Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London, Past - President, UK Medical Women’s Federation, Past-President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 

Closing remarks and thanks

Dr Greta McLachlan, Leadership Fellow at Cleveland Clinic London 



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

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