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Women in Medicine

The NHS North West Women in Medicine Group was established in 2009 to promote the development of female medical leadership in the North West by providing a unique, dynamic, interactive and innovative environment for learning, sharing experiences and networking.

Inspired by this group, the Junior Doctor Advisory Team run an annual Women in Medicine conference (please see below for details):

North West Women in Medicine Group

In 2009 Baroness Ruth Deech led a National Working Group on Women in Medicine on behalf of the Chief Medical Officer to investigate the barriers faced by female doctors in achieving leadership positions. She approached the North West for contributions from female clinicians and this led to the first meeting of the North West WIM group in February 2009. The resultant report entitled ‘Women Doctors: Making a Difference’ is available below:

The group aims to

  • Organise educational, developmental and networking events aimed at women in medicine in the North West
  • Develop/provide links to women in medicine mentoring scheme and careers advice, and
  • Provide expert and professional advice to other women in medicine and to signpost information


The 2016 Women in Medicine conference was entitled "This is a man's world; supporting women in traditionally male specialties" and took place on Tuesday 15th November at The Lowry, Salford Quays.

Trainees from across the region attended to hear inspirational talks from:

  • Professor Jacky Hayden CBE: former Postgraduate Dean, the first ever GP in such a role, and recently elected President of the Academy of Medical Educators. One of HSJ’s Top Fifty Inspirational Women 2013 and a champion for part time training

  • Mrs Sharon Scott: Clinical Director of Aintree Major Trauma and Highly Commended finalist at HSJ Clinical Leader of the Year Awards 2015. Strong advocate of family life and work life balance: “You work to live, not the other way round."

  • Miss Jyoti Shah: Consultant Urologist, Editor in Chief of Medical Woman and Commissioning Editor of RCS England’s Bulletin and Annals. Active campaigner for more opportunities for women in medicine and surgery

Talks were followed by a lively Q&A panel session.

This event was free for trainees thanks to funding from Health Education England.

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