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Emerging Women Leaders Programme

The Emerging Women Leaders Programme is a development programme commissioned specifically to address the under-representation of women in leadership roles within the RCP and the wider medical profession.

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. Despite COVID-19 we have adapted all our education to include online, synchronous and other methods to achieve the same outcomes and ensure the networking and mentoring elements are covered.

It has four, CPD-accredited components:  

Component 1
Five days or its equivalent total , face to face content delivered at RCP London or RCP North (Liverpool) including:
•    introduction day
•     ‘Doctors as leaders’ RCP accreditation (2 days)
•     mid-programme development day
•    programme finale 

The current situation has meant that we are not currently able to hold face-to-face events, but to continue our programme of development we have been busy adapting our material and creating a package of online learning. This online learning covers the topics as originally intended, plus extra topics we think will be useful for your ongoing development in this difficult time. Face-to-face events will resume when it is deemed safe to do so and generally pushed back into 2021

Component 2
Personalised mentoring:
•    Virtual coaching and guidance from a senior mentor approximately every eight weeks

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. 

We are adapting the delivery of our ALS sessions, and moving them online. This will enable us to continue to support you, pick up on learning points from the online modules, and enable you to share your recent experiences.

Component 4
Networking opportunities:
•    access to a variety of networking opportunities within the RCP
•    project support from peer network.

Fellowships and applications

Who should apply?

This course is designed for women doctors who are starting on their consultant-level leadership journey, at whatever stage in their career this may be. This means it can include a wide range of individuals such as: post-CCT doctors seeking a consultant role, consultants in the first few years in that role, SAS doctors with equivalent experience, and those who are beginning their leadership journey later due to career breaks or other responsibilities. If you are unsure if the programme is suitable for you, whatever your age or job title please contact WomenInMedicine@rcplondon.ac.uk to discuss your individual circumstances.

Programme cost

The fee for the emerging women leaders programme, including the development days, personalised mentoring, action learning sets, and networking is £4,200 for non-members, and £3,780 for members of the RCP (10% discount). Organisations wishing to make multiple bookings should contact: WomenInMedicine@rcplondon.ac.uk

Fellowship awards

As a result of a generous donation from the Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation, we are able to award a total of 12 funded fellowships for the Emerging Women Leaders Programme (six places based in London, six in Liverpool). 

How do I apply?

You can via email using the form on this page. We must receive applications by Tuesday 1 September 2020.

You will need to provide the following:

•    your preference form, linked at the bottom of this page
•    curriculum vitae, no more than two pages, highlighting leadership experience and leadership development/training 
•    500-word personal statement explaining your motivation for wanting to participate in the course
•    those applying for a fellowship award must also include a supporting statement from their line manager. The line manager must indicate support for the applicants personal statement and confirm agreement for the applicant to participate in the programme.