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.

It has four, CPD-accredited components:  

Component 1

Five development days at RCP London or RCP North (Liverpool) 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) taking place on 18 November 2019 and 9 December 2019 (London) and 7 and 8 October 2019 (Liverpool)
  •  mid-programme development day on 19 March 2020 (London) and 24 March 2020 (Liverpool)

o personal impact, influence and resilience workshop

o peer group mentoring and action learning set.

  • programme finale on 12 June 2020 (London) and 15 June 2020 (Liverpool)

o celebrating projects undertaken during the programme

Component 2

Personalised mentoring:

  • coaching and guidance from a senior mentor approximately every eight weeks
  • invitation to shadow senior medical leaders 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 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. It is most suitable for post-CCT doctors seeking a consultant role, consultants in the first few years in that role, SAS doctors with equivalent experience, or 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, 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 15 July 2019. 

We have extended applications for fellowship award places from 1 July to 15 July 2019, in order to allow manager's supporting statements to be collected.

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.

What happens next?

Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be informed of the outcome by email before the end of July 2019.