Emerging Women Leaders Programme

This is a leadership development programme commissioned specifically to address the underrepresentation of women in leadership roles within the RCP and the wider medical profession.

The Emerging Women Leaders Programme has four components and is CPD-accredited. The programme aims to develop the essential leadership knowledge, skills and behaviours to support participants in growing confidence in their abilities in order to be successful in future senior leadership positions within the NHS. The programme achieves these aims through interactive workshops, access to mentoring from senior medical leaders, access to support from programme alumni, peer group support and through opportunities for professional networking.


Component 1

Five development days at RCP London or RCP North including:

  • introduction day on 16 September 2019 (London) and 19 September 2019 (Liverpool):

o establishing peer networks

o Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality type exploration and analysis

o keynote speakers.

  • ‘Doctors as leaders’ RCP accreditation (2 days)

o www.rcplondon.ac.uk/education-practice/courses/doctors-leaders-accreditation

  • mid-programme development day:

o personal impact, influence and resilience workshop

o peer group mentoring and action learning set.

  • programme finale on 12 June:

o brief individual presentations on learning, reflections and next steps to continue leadership development.

Component 2

Personalised mentoring:

  • coaching and guidance from a senior mentor approximately every 8 weeks
  • invitation to shadow at events such as RCP Council and committee meetings.

Component 3

Action learning sets:

  • ongoing peer group support through an action learning sets (ALS) programme. ALS sessions find practical ways of addressing the ‘real life’ challenges that are faced in the workplace, through a structured process of insightful questioning combined with a balance of support and challenge from group members.

Component 4

Networking opportunities:

  • access to networking opportunities within the RCP
  • project support from peer network
  • guidance and mentoring from female medical leaders.


Who should apply?

Female physicians who can commit to the dates outlined above who are either:

  • Female consultant physicians within 10 years of CCT
  • Female SAS doctors in physicianly specialties