This report looks at why there is a lack of gender diversity in health leadership, the efforts currently being made to improve this, and actions that need to be taken to increase female leadership in the clinical commissioning arena.
The new publication sets out practical changes that the whole health system, CCGs themselves and NHS England can make to redress the gender imbalance. NHSCC also pledges to take a number of actions to help its members, almost 90% of CCGs in England, do this. These include championing the cause of women clinical leaders in its work, publications and as a member of the HSJ Women Leaders Network, and developing an offering to its members which would include mentorship and buddying.
Recommendations in the report include:
CCGs should develop a talent management programme to identify, support and nurture women who have the potential to be clinical leaders of the future.
CCGs should measure where they are now and develop a plan to boost female clinical leadership.
NHS England appoint a champion for women in clinical leadership.
NHS England regularly publish data on representation of women in clinical leadership.