New publication launched to encourage and empower women clinical commissioning leaders

lessons-in-leadership_clipWe have today launched a new publication to empower current and future women clinical commissioning leaders.

Lessons in leadership from women clinical commissioners’ provides practical advice based on the experience of women CCG leaders at the top of their careers. It is being launched on the first anniversary of NHSCC’s report ‘Women in clinical commissioning leadership – a case for change’ which called for the gender imbalance in clinical commissioning leadership to be tackled.

Gender inequality across the NHS remains a persistent problem – despite women making up 77 per cent of the healthcare workforce, they continue to be under represented in senior level positions of the NHS. In clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) just 37% of those on governing bodies are women.

The new publication contains practical examples from women clinical commissioning leaders on the skills, values, and behaviours that helped them to succeed in their own roles. These tips include:

  • recognise the qualities that make you a strong leader rather than adjusting to traditionally male models of leadership
  • relationships matter – seek mentorship and support from peers
  • consciously put yourself forward for new opportunities
  • remember that taking on leadership roles often affords greater flexibility, not less.

The publication also includes advice on supporting future women clinical commissioning leaders, including actively encouraging women colleagues to apply for leadership roles and making sure that wording in job adverts attracts rather than discourages female applicants.

amanda-doyle-20160428NHSCC co-chair and clinical chief officer of Blackpool CCG Dr Amanda Doyle, one of the leaders interviewed said: “Achieving gender equality in clinical commissioning leadership is vital not only in terms of fairness but also in terms of improved performance, as we highlighted in our report last year ‘Women in clinical commissioning leadership‘. As the NHS continues to face unprecedented challenge, now is the time to act to encourage and empower more women to become leaders.

“‘Lessons in leadership from women clinical commissioners sets out top tips and practical advice for current and aspiring leaders. I hope that through this we can encourage more women both to put themselves forward for leadership, and to inspire and support their female colleagues to do the same.”

This document builds on the transition guide for female medical leaders developed by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM).

7 December 2016