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Emerging Women Leaders Programme

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

Applications for the 23/24 cohort are now closed.

This flagship programme was developed in 2018 with support from the Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation.

The year-long programme (which comprises of five teaching days) is built around both developing new emerging leaders early in their careers and developing leadership for women who have potentially faced barriers to leadership in their early years, and for both groups aims to assist them with the additional skills to confidently take those steps to leadership.

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.

It has four, CPD-accredited components: 

Component 1
Five days or its equivalent total, face-to-face content delivered at RCP London or RCP at The Spine (Liverpool) including:

  • Introduction day
  • ‘Doctors as leaders’ RCP accreditation (two days)
  • Mid-programme development day
  • Programme finale.

Day 1: (Face-to-face teaching day)

Tuesday 10 October 2023, RCP at Regent's Park - LONDON

Day 2: (Face-to-face teaching day)

Tuesday December 2023, RCP at Regent's Park - LONDON

Day 3: (Face-to-face teaching day)

Thursday 1 February 2024, RCP at Regent's Park - LONDON

Day 4: (Face-to-face teaching day)

Wednesday 24 April 2024, RCP at Regent's Park - LONDON

Day 5: (Face-to-face teaching day)

Wednesday 12 June 2024, RCP at Regent's Park - LONDON

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. 

Component 4
Networking opportunities:

  • Access to a variety of networking opportunities within the RCP
  • Project support from peer network.

Delivery model

We have adapted the Emerging Women Leaders delivery model to provide greater flexibility to students. Using the new Wolfson Virtual Lecture theatre, delegates can decide to attend days two and four (the doctors as leaders accreditation) virtually or in person. Days One, three and five will be delivered in person with cohorts based in RCP at Regent's Park, and RCP at The Spine, Liverpool.


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@rcp.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@rcp.ac.uk

Funded places

Illumina Corporate Foundation have funded places on the 23/24 cohort.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 23/24 cohort are closed, however for applications we require:

  1. CV: Curriculum vitae, no more than two pages, highlighting leadership experience and leadership development/training.
  2. Personal Statement: 500-word personal statement explaining your motivation for wanting to participate in the course.
  3. Superviser Letter: A supporting statement from your line manager. The line manager must indicate support for the applicant’s personal statement and confirm agreement for the applicant to participate in the programme.
  4. EWL Application form. Please fill out the form below and send it to WomenInMedicine@rcp.ac.uk along with the required information listed above.

You can register your interest on the form below, to be updated when applications for the 2024/25 cohort open.

We have highlighted the outcomes and leadership success from our previous cohort in the yearbook and testimonials below.