Women In Healthcare
Last night I was fortunate to attend a Guardian Live event where the topic being discussed was the role of women in healthcare.
We know that the NHS is the biggest employer in the UK with a workforce of 1.7million people. We also know that of this number, a whopping 77% are female but did you know that only 37% of these women occupy any senior roles? Why is that?
In the 21st century women are facing more barriers than ever, especially in the NHS, and it’s very disappointing. If it’s not about gaining equality with our male counterparts in the workplace, it’s a battle against seniority. The challenges facing women of balancing their professional success with personal fulfilment are far greater in comparison to men. If all of this isn’t enough, colour and sexual orientation become further thorns.
The NHS - as wonderful as it is - needs to become more inclusive of diversity. Fun fact: there are 202 nationalities serving the NHS at present...this needs to be celebrated and nurtured.😊
For many women, the glass ceiling is double glazed and it’s about time we started to change the way we - as a society - think. We should be seeing individuals for who they are and what they bring to the table. It’s about nurturing the skills and supporting individuals irrespective of colour, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, childcare and life choices.
It was an exciting panel, exciting debate and incredible energy as a room full of inspirational and ambitious women talked solutions, all rewarded with fizz/food/treats!