Delivered by the NHS Confederation, the Health and Care Women Leaders Network is a free network for all women working across health and care.
We connect through events, masterclasses, tweet chats and campaigns, and share learning through podcasts, blogs, videos and key reports.
Join us to celebrate our skills and talents, connect with colleagues and challenge gender stereotypes in the workplace.
Membership of the Health and Care Women Leaders Network is open to all women working across health and care. If you are a woman, or identify as a woman, and you work in health and care, yes this is absolutely a network for you.
The network welcomes the support of allies with a shared commitment to gender equality and the wider equality, diversity and inclusion agenda. If you would like to find out more about how you can support our network, email the team.
Listen to our chair Samantha Allen talk about the value of staff networks both nationally and locally and how to join our network in the short film below.
Access our guide on setting up your own network which provides valuable insights on the necessary steps to consider when establishing a network within your organisation.
NHS England have also developed a new resource which includes useful guidance and resources to help develop your staff networks across the NHS. Find out more.
If you are already the network chair or lead of a women's network in your organisation, find out more about our Health and Care Network of Women's Networks.
Health and Care Network of Women's Networks
A network for chairs and leads of women's networks hosted by the Health and Care Women Leaders Network.
Women’s Health Strategy call for evidence
The Health and Care Women Leaders Network response to the DHSC Women’s Health Strategy call for evidence.
Action for equality
This report from the Health and Care Women Leaders Network explores the diversity of NHS and arm's-length body boards across England.
9 September 2020
Miriam González Durántez: We still do not have equal opportunities
Miriam González Durántez on equity, diversity and how to effect change.
8 March 2023
Working together to end sexism in medicine
The BMA has launched a new ending sexism pledge to tackle gender discrimination in healthcare.
3 March 2023
Dame Lesley Regan reappointed as Women's Health Ambassador
The NHS Confederation’s Health and Care Women Leaders Network responds to Dame Lesley Regan’s reappointment as Women's Health Ambassador for England.
18 January 2024
NHS Confederation letter encourages chairs and CEOs to sign up to the NHS Sexual Safety Charter
The NHS Confederation's Health and Care Women Leaders Network calls for NHS chairs and CEOs to sign up to NHS England’s Sexual Safety Charter.
13 October 2023
Highlights - Women in Leadership: Turning Intent into Action
The Health and Care Women Leaders Network hosted its seventh annual conference, on 1 November 2023 in Leeds.
1 November 2023 09:30 GMT
Watch: Dr Jacqui Dyer MBE on being your authentic self
On 12 July the Health and Care Women Leaders Network held its second fireside chat with Dr Jacqui Dyer discussing the power of authenticity.
12 July 2023 17:00 - 18:15 GMT
Twitter storm: NHS75 – Celebrating women
On 5 July the Health and Care Women Leaders Network hosted a Twitter storm celebrating women's contribution to 75 years of service by the NHS.
5 July 2023 08:30 - 23:59 GMT
Watch: Dame Linda on maintaining hope and sharing wisdom
On 19 April, the Health and Care Women Leaders Network hosted a fireside chat featuring Dame Linda Pollard on maintaining hope and sharing wisdom.
19 April 2023 17:00 - 18:30 GMT
Tweetchat: International Women's Day 2023
The Health and Care Women Leaders Network held a Tweet chat to discuss moving beyond diversity and working toward equity.
8 March 2023 07:30 - 08:30 GMT
Watch: Celebrating International Women’s Day 2023
The Health and Care Women Leaders Network held an International Women's Day 2023 (IWD 2023) celebration on Wednesday 8 March.
8 March 2023 10:00 - 12:00 GMT
Barts Health NHS Trust women’s network
The Health and Care Women Leaders Network is highlighting women's networks in health and care.
28 January 2022
Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust women’s network
The Health and Care Women Leaders Network is highlighting women's networks in our sector.
5 January 2022
Time to stand up and be counted
Dr Kathy McLean shares her views and personal experience on why all NHS boards must sign up to the NHS Sexual Safety Charter.
11 October 2023
Addressing shattered hopes
To address the findings of the NHS Confederation’s Shattered Hopes report, we must face the deep-rooted cultures of race inequality in the system.
4 August 2022
South Asian Heritage Month
Reflections from Dr Navina Evans, NHS England's chief workforce officer, on her South Asian heritage and how it has shaped her role in the NHS.
26 July 2022
X Celebrations: International Women's Day 2024
Join the Health and Care Women Leaders Network celebrations on X to spotlight individuals who have inspired you on 8 March.
8 March 2024 08:00 GMT
Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024
Join the Health and Care Women Leaders Network International Women's Day 2024 celebrations on Friday 8 March.
8 March 2024 10:00 - 12:00 GMT