Watch: Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022

The Health and Care Women Leaders Network held an International Women's Day 2022 (IWD 2022) celebration on Tuesday 8 March.

General information

8 March 2022 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
Open to all

About the event

For this year’s celebrations the network partnered with colleagues to celebrate and highlight work underway to progress gender equality, and make a positive difference for women working in health and care.  

The celebrations were held virtually on 8 March from 10am to 12.00pm where delegates heard from NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard and network chair Samantha Allen. Dame Elizabeth Anionwu joined us for a chat about her childhood, her inspiring career, the obstacles she overcame and her biggest achievements. There were presentations from organisations who shared initiatives they have implemented, which are making a positive difference towards achieving gender equality in our sector. View the full agenda below.


10.00 - 10.10 

Welcome and introduction
Samantha Allen, Chair, Health and Care Women Leaders Network

10.10 - 10.20

Celebrating International Women's Day
Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive, NHS

10.20 - 10.35

Menopause coaching initiative at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Nicki Bramford, Service Director and Women’s Equality Network Chair at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

10.35 - 10.50

Addressing the Gender Pay Gap at Barts Health NHS Trust
Eva Fiz, Deputy Director, Improvement and Co-chair Women’s Network and Manpreet Randhawa, Head of Pharmacy and Co-chair of the women's network at Barts Health NHS Trust.

10.50 - 11.05

Tackling sexist and misogynistic behaviours; A journey at Sherwood Forest Hospitals
Dr Rebecca Barker, Consultant Anaesthetist, Deputy Service Director Anaesthetics, Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust.

11.05 - 11.20

Employer with heart – tackling taboos and making a difference at Birmingham Women and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Raffaela Goodby, Chief People Officer and Clare Atkinson, Staff Ambassador at Birmingham Women and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

11.20 - 11.55

Tracie Jolliff in conversation with Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu

Tracie will chat to Elizabeth about her childhood, her inspiring career, the obstacles she overcame and her biggest achievements.

11.55 - 12.00

Samantha Allen, Chair, Health and Care Women Leaders Network

Watch the recording of the event below.

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  • Amanda Pritchard is chief executive of NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI), which leads the NHS’ work nationally to improve health and ensure high quality care for all. 

    Her previous role was chief operating officer (COO) at NHSEI and NHS Improvement’s chief executive. As COO, Amanda oversaw NHS operational performance and delivery, as well as implementation of the service transformation and patient care improvements set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

    Amanda was previously chief executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust from January 2016 to July 2019, having been acting chief executive since October 2015. Prior to that she served as chief operating officer at the trust for three and a half years. Find out more about Amanda on the NHS England and Improvement's website.

    Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu is an emeritus professor of nursing at the University of West London. In 1979 she became the first ever UK sickle cell and thalassaemia nurse counsellor, based in Brent. 

    Elizabeth was honoured with a Damehood (DBE) in the 2017 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for her services to nursing and the Mary Seacole Statue Appeal. 

    She published her memoirs, Dreams From My Mother, in September 2022 as a paperback and audiobook, and is Life Patron of the Mary Seacole Trust and Patron of the Sickle Cell Society. In 2020 Elizabeth was included in the top 100 Greatest Black Britons and the BBC 100 Women 2020 list.

    Visit her website and find her on Twitter @EAnionwu.   

    Tracie Jolliff, Head of Inclusive Leadership and System Development, NHS England and NHS Improvement.

    Tracie is head of inclusive leadership and system development at NHS England and NHS Improvement.

    As a senior member of the EDI function for the NHS People Directorate, she strategically leads the inclusion portfolio of work for leadership and life-long learning. Best known for her inspiration and insight in relation to progressing social justice and inclusion across systems; Tracie facilitates the design and development of effective and ethical leadership strategies, which have at their heart social justice, inclusion and sustainability. She’s a contributing author and visiting professor, seeing herself as a positive disrupter of the status quo and a global citizen.