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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.

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

The programme aims to develop the essential leadership knowledge, skills and behaviours to support participants in growing capability, capacity and credibility 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.


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

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2021/22 cohort will be opening soon, if you are interested please register your interest here.

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