MWF responds to BBC gender pay gap figures

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16 February 2018

Gender Pay Gap in Medicine

Responding to figures published today by the BBC which shows a gender pay gap among consultants, Dr Sally Davies, immediate MWF Past-President, said:

"We need to do more to support women. They often fall behind when they have children and have to take time off.

"By the time they get to the point where overtime is available or the awards are being handed out they find themselves behind men. It's a serious problem."



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National Clinical Excellence Awards 2018: NOW OPEN

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15 January 2018

National Clinical Excellence Awards 2018 Round

Clinical Excellence Awards recognise and reward NHS consultants and academic GPs who perform 'over and above' the standard expected of their role. The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards gives awards for quality and excellence, acknowledging personal contributions. 

We want to encourage more and more women to apply for this award, to break the glass ceiling and reach the leadership positions you deserve!

MWF Support

MWF are a nominating body and want to assist as many members as possible with their applications. The 2018 Clinical Excellence Awards opens on Tuesday 13th February 2018 and will close at 5:00pm on Thursday 12th April 2018. For those who are thinking of applying for new awards and/or renewals we suggest start working on your application.

The closing date for the receipt of applications for MWF support is strictly midnight on Sunday 18th March 2018. Please also ensure you submit a completed MWF ACCEA Form with your application. You can download the MWF ACCEA form here. Applications are to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ACCEA Guidelines

Application guidance for the 2018 national Clinical Excellence Awards round can be found on the website here. It is essential that candidates read and familiarise themselves with the ACCEA candidate guidelines, which can be accessed via the above link. ACCEA considers applications for CEAs from consultants employed in NHS organisations in England and Wales only. Scotland and Northern Ireland run schemes unconnected to, but along similar lines, as ACCEA.

All candidates are advised to keep up to date with developments via the ACCEA website at:

MWF Top Tips for Completing Your ACCEA Application

We also have also put together '21 Top Tips for Completing your ACCEA application' which we suggest you take a look at here.  

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Guest Blog: Edinburgh’s New MWF Student Committee

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17 November 2017

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It has taken 100 years for the Medical Women’s Federation to return home to Edinburgh, the city where Jex-Blake and the Edinburgh Seven first bravely battled for women to have the right to attend university and study medicine. Fortunately, the trend caught on - over 600 women are currently on the MBChB programme at Edinburgh Medical School and this year saw the founding of our first student-led MWF committee.

Eager and enthusiastic, the committee spans all six year groups and has brought together likeminded women who are keen to represent the views and ideals of Edinburgh’s medics and promote equality and inclusivity on campus.

We already have a full timetable of events planned for the coming year and are excited to partner with and work alongside other prominent student groups such as Edinburgh University Feminist Society, Edinburgh University Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society and another innovative new team, Edinburgh University Medical Ethics and Humanities Society. Through these interdisciplinary collaborations, we hope to raise the profile of the MWF and reach out to the greatest number of students possible, whilst hosting a larger number of events on campus than each group would be able to individually.

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Our first event of the year was an overriding success – a lecture on the benefits and challenges of vaccination and screening for cervical cancer, delivered by Edinburgh-based research fellow, Dr Ramya Bhatia and hosted by MWF, EUOGS and MedAid. Her narrative about her time spent in Malawi was thought-provoking and emotive and demonstrated to her captive audience the demanding and rewarding career female medics can experience abroad. Coming up later this year, we hope to present equally engaging topics for discussion such as FGM, image positivity and work-life balance in clinical practice.

We want our society to be a forum for celebration as well as discussion and we aim to recognise the achievements and progress of women in medicine through an evening of poster presentations on notable female medics throughout history near the end of the academic year. We wish to use this as an opportunity to reflect on the contributions they, and also, we, have made to the medical community at Edinburgh and further afield. To accompany this event, each week a committee member will share through Facebook and our new Instagram account, a short profile entitled ‘Woman of the Week’, about someone who has inspired them during their medical career. We hope this will help introduce more role models to our followers whilst familiarising students with our committee and maintaining an active presence on social media.

As on-going projects, we responded to the wish for current medical students to have more contact with current medical professionals for inspiration, advice and encouragement. As such, we are in the process of formalising MWF’s student-doctor buddying scheme, whereby on request students are paired with female physicians who have graciously volunteered to support these promising future doctors. In February, we plan to bring together students and doctors from a range of specialities in a Speed Dating event, to provide an insight into a plethora of careers where women can thrive and hopefully encourage current students to pursue a speciality they had not previously considered.

We hope MWF at Edinburgh will be for everyone, by pioneering progression and forward-thinking. As we gain publicity and following, we hope to go forward to create a legacy for women at Edinburgh Medical School and to challenge every assumption and stereotype we encounter along the way.

Rebecca Murphy Lonergan

Rebecca Murphy Lonergan is a medical student at the Edinburgh University Medical School and a founding member of the MWF student committee.

If you would like to find out how you can get involved with the Medical Women’s Federation, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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