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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.

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.


London cohort

Day 1 - 12 October 2021

Day 2 - Dal Individual as Leader – 1 December – Wolfson virtual

Day 3 - 21 Jan 2022

Day 4 - Dal Organisational Leadership 17 March 2022 – Wolfson virtual

Day 5 - 20 May 2022

Liverpool Cohort

Day 1 - 18 October 2021

Day 2 - Dal Individual as Leader – 1 December – Wolfson virtual

Day 3 - 28 Jan 2021

Day 4 - Dal Organisational Leadership 17 March 2022 – Wolfson Virtual

Day 5 - 27 May 2022

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 2 & 4 (the doctors as leaders accreditation) virtually or in person. Days 1,3&5 will be delivered in person with cohorts based in RCP London, and at our brand new building, 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.

We also have a limited number of funded spaces available, if you are interested in being considered for a funded space please do let us know on the application form below.

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

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2021/22 cohort are open, and will close on 30 August 2021.

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