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 year it focuses its guest speakers to the north or south of the UK to build up networking within your local area depending on the cohort you choose.

This is one of our most popular and prestigious programmes with many alumna going on to attain leadership positions following completion of the programme. Some examples are included in the yearbooks below.

The year-long programme (which comprises five teaching days) aims to develop either new leaders early in their careers or leaders who, whilst more established, have faced barriers in their development as leaders.

The programme achieves these aims in a number of ways:

  • interactive workshops facilitated by senior educationalists and doctors
  • inspiring talks and presentations from senior women leaders
  • mentoring by experienced women clinicians
  • peer group support
  • opportunities for professional networking
  • the opportunity to achieve RCP leadership accreditation.
Read about our previous cohort's experience on the programme

The programme

We have guest speakers from either the North or the South depending on venue, so we consider the challenges specific to your part of the UK. There are five days content delivered at RCP London or RCP at The Spine (Liverpool) or online including:

  • Introduction day
  • ‘Doctors as leaders’ RCP accreditation (two days)
  • Mid-programme development day
  • Programme finale.

Days 1, 3 and 5 will include talks from inspirational women leaders.

Provisional teaching days for 2024-25

Day 1: Tuesday 8 October 2024, LONDON and Tuesday 15 October 2024, LIVERPOOL (Face-to-face teaching day)

Day 2: Tuesday 3 December 2024 (Online teaching day)

Day 3: Tuesday 4 February 2025, LONDON and Tuesday 11 February 2025, LIVERPOOL (Face-to-face teaching day)

Day 4: Wednesday 30 April 2025 (Online teaching day)

Day 5: Tuesday 24 June 2025, LONDON and Tuesday 1 July 2025, LIVERPOOL (Face-to-face teaching day)

Personalised mentoring: Mentoring from a senior woman leader at least three times across the programme.

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.

Find out more about the programme and its benefits.

Apply to take part in the programme

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.

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

Funded places

We are offering funded places for the 2024/25 cohort. You will need to provide a statement as to why you are seeking a funded place.

How do I apply?

Applications are open, and will close on 4 June 2024. 

Please complete application via the link below and email the supporting documents to WomenInMedicine@rcp.ac.uk. The supporting documents we require are:

1. CV: Curriculum vitae, no more than two pages, highlighting leadership experience and leadership development/training.

2. Supervisor Letter: A supporting statement from your line manager. The line manager must indicate support for the applicant’s personal statement and confirm agreement for the applicant to participate in the programme. This should be on letter-headed paper. 

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