Extended Deadline: MWF Council Vacancies 2019

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09 January 2019

mwf vacancies 2019

1. Council Member Vacancies

2. Co-opted Member of Council Vacancies

3. BMA Specialist Committee Vacancies

4. Junior Doctor Representative Vacancies

 

1. Council Vacancies:

Would you like to join us and help shape the future for women in the medical profession?

We are inviting nominations for Council Members to take office from Friday 17th May 2019, for a three year term of office.

This is an excellent opportunity to be a key member of the MWF and we hope you enjoy participating in the experience of being a Trustee.

We are inviting nominations for the positions of:

    • Vice President

    • Honorary Secretary

    • Honorary Treasurer

Council members are needed in the following regions:

    • London (2)
    • East Midlands
    • West Midlands
    • North East
    • North West
    • East of England
    • Yorkshire & Humber
    • Scottish Eastern
    • Scottish Western

In addition we are inviting nominations for the Medical Student and Junior Doctor Representatives on Council.

Please click here to read the summary of guidelines and Council Member Job description.

The MWF Council meeting will take place on Saturday 18th May 2019, 9:00-11:00am in the Lancaster Room, Bristol Marriot Royal, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA. This meeting is open to all MWF members who are welcome to sit in on discussions as observers.

Nominees must be proposed and seconded (by an MWF Member) using the nomination form here. Please send a typed CV –stating name, brief career resume, MWF membership and service, along with a brief personal statement (1-side A4 maximum) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eligibility: Please note Council members positions are open to all qualified doctors and we would very much like to encourage enthusiastic members to apply, for any one of the above positions.

Extended deadline for applications: Wednesday 20th March 2019.

 

2. Co-opted Members of Council Vacancies:

MWF is looking to appoint three Co-opted Members to Council in order to strengthen the breadth of experience and skills available to the MWF Officers team and Council as a whole. Co-opted members are expected to contribute their professional, specialist and general management skills to the MWF Officers team in a non-executive role, subject to the changing needs of the team.

Applications are welcome for the following specialisms:

1. Campaigning

2. Fundraising

3. Branding and External Communications

Please click here to read the summary of duties and person specification.

To apply, please send a typed CV – stating name, brief career resume, along with a brief personal statement (1-side A4 maximum) specifying the selected specialism and what you want to achieve in this role to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 20th March 2019.

 

3. BMA Specialist Committees

MWF Representative on General Practitioners Committee (GPC)

MWF is looking for a member to be a representative on the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC). The representative is required to attend meetings regularly and submit reports for the bi-annual Council meetings and the Annual Review.

If interested please send a typed CV and personal statement (1-side A4 maximum) detailing what you want to achieve in this role. If you would more information about the work of the committee please visit: https://www.bma.org.uk/collective-voice/committees/general-practitioners-committee.

Deadline for applications: Please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 20th March 2019 if you are interested in the position.

 

4. Junior Doctor Representative Vacancies:

Below is a list of our current Junior Doctor Representative vacancies:

  • London

  • East of England

  • South West

  • North East

  • North West

  • West Midlands

  • Northern Ireland

Please click here to read the summary of guidelines and Junior Doctor Representative Job description. To apply, please send a typed CV – stating name, brief career resume, along with a brief personal statement (1-side A4 maximum) detailing what you want to achieve in this role to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Central Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MWF President awarded New Year’s Honours

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29 December 2018


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We are delighted to announce that our President, Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s Honours List. It is a fantastic testament to her hard work and commitment to Addiction treatment and research that she has been recognised for such an honour.

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones is a medical doctor and neuroscience researcher working as Consultant psychiatrist in Addictions. She has worked for over twenty years at CNWL and is the current President of the Medical Women’s Federation.

She is the Founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic. The clinic is the first and only NHS multidisciplinary treatment centre in the UK for the treatment of problem gamblers, it has been inundated by thousands of referrals since its opening in 2008 and holds an extensive national database on pathological gambling.

Reacting to the news, Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones said: “I am truly delighted to have received this OBE for my work in Addiction treatment and research having dedicated my entire professional life to this disease.

About 100 million people in the world suffer from alcohol use disorders and about 27 million people are opioid dependent. Many more are experiencing harm form other drugs and from behavioural addictions.

I would like to dedicate this award to the children of addicted parents in recognition of all the suffering they are experiencing and of the harm it has caused them. We will continue fighting this illness until science leads us to be able to prevent it.

Furthermore, I would like to express my gratitude to this Government for finally taking seriously the issue of Gambling Disorder and the harm it causes not just to problem gamblers but to their spouses and children.”

 

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Katherine Branson Essay Prize Winners 2018

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26 November 2018

catherine crooks

The BBC comedy sitcom ‘upstart crow’ depicts a young Shakespeare at the beginning of his career, struggling to establish himself in Elizabethan England’s theatre scene. In the pilot episode the script for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ nears completion, yet the playwright struggles to find a suitable male actor to play Juliet in the first performance. Kate – the daughter of Shakespeare’s landlord and an aspiring actress – offers an alternative to the norm by playing Juliet herself:

Kate: Ahem

Shakespeare: What?

Kate: I was hinting that the answer to your Juliet dilemma could be… *points to herself*

Shakespeare: Oh, Kate, don't go there. Lady-acting is illegal. Beside which, girls can't act. Just as they cannot practise law, cure the sick, handle financial matters or stand for any office.

Kate: But no woman has ever been allowed to try any of those things!

Shakespeare: Because they can't do them! God's bodikins, Kate, what's not to get? Now, please, forget this nonsense and let me focus.

The idea (and historical reality) that women should be limited from playing female roles is now ludicrous to the point that it has become fodder for satire. Today, not only are women permitted to act, practise law, cure the sick, handle financial matters and run for office, they have become leaders in these roles.

In medicine and biomedical science, this is apparent. Last week I turned on the radio to hear Wendy Barclay talking about her work in the field of virology on the life scientific. Professor Jane Dacre is president of the Royal College of Physicians, and in 2014 Dame Claire Marx became the first female president of the Royal College of Surgeons. In every hospital specialty women are now represented, and this is of no small importance. In conversation with my peers and in the literature 1, a common theme is that the presence of female role models is instrumental in encouraging women to push professional boundaries. More personally, reading Frances Ashcroft’s popular book on electrophysiology, ‘The Spark of Life’, not only inspired me to apply to medical school, but to undertake a project in electrophysiology during my BSc year despite being the only woman in my lab.

And yet, though 55% of medical students are women, women fail to be represented to the same proportion as their graduating class, with only 34% of consultants in the UK being women2. In medical education and academia3, the proportion of women in senior roles doesn’t even approach 50%.

Furthermore, gender related preconceptions persist. At a recent teaching awards ceremony at my own medical school, the nine teaching excellence awards went to male doctors, and the two pastoral care awards were given to female doctors. These were awards nominated and voted on by medical students – demonstrating that at my place of study at least, the preconception that men are better teachers, whilst women are more caring, lingers amongst students and in the trust in which we are studying. In discussion about this with a colleague, his response was that ‘perhaps the male consultants are better at communicating tricky concepts to students’ – not exactly a far cry from to the fictional Shakespeare’s response above.

The term ‘glass ceiling’ was coined almost 40 years ago in reference to the sometimes invisible barriers to success women encounter in their careers. Persisting attitudes and the decrease in female representation up the training grades suggests that, at least in part, this ceiling still exists for women pursuing a career in medicine. However, the increasing numbers of women in senior roles suggests the barrier may be weakening – some, and an increasing number, are breaking through to the top.

One barrier to career progression women encounter, which I think is not so much ‘glass’ as something more opaque, is the fact that only females are able to become pregnant and breastfeed. However, an aspect of child-rearing in which a ‘glass’ component exists is in the subtle assumption the mother of a child should be the primary care giver. Changes in the law allowing the fathers to share parental leave with their partners, and the increase in men working part time to share the childcare more evenly, suggests this too is changing – though perhaps not quickly enough.

In Elizabethan England, the ceiling restricting the advancement of women was more concrete (or timber) than glass. Despite later empowerment of women, a ceiling persisted into the 21st century, preventing women excelling to their full potential. In my opinion, that ceiling exists still for women in the medical profession; though I no longer feel it is impenetrable. Perhaps a jelly (or agar) ceiling is a better metaphor for the situation now. Though they require more determination, my female colleagues ahead of me are slowly pushing through and weakening the barrier, forging the way for me and my peers.

References

1. Kapila, D. Female role models in medicine: a medical student’s perspective., Female role models in medicine: a medical student’s perspective. J. Adv. Med. Educ. Prof. J. Adv. Med. Educ. Prof. 6, 6, 49, 49–50 (2018).

2. Women and medical leadership infographics. The King’s Fund Available at: https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/audio-video/women-and-medical-leadership-infographics.

3. Equality in higher education: statistical report 2013. Equality Challenge Unit Available at: https://www.ecu.ac.uk/publications/equality-in-higher-education-statistical-report-2013/.

 

alice day

This essay discusses that the budget should be distributed to invest in community care. This includes the funding of allied health professionals and social care to promote the development of an integrated care service and therefore promote the health and wellbeing of patients. The underlying priority is to create a healthcare system in which it is uncommon for a patient to reach crisis point, be that physical, mental, social or a combination of these,and hence require admission to stabilise them.

In the United Kingdom there is an increasing elderly population which in turn is putting new strains on our provision of healthcare and healthcare budget. Elderly patients are more likely to have chronic health conditions and have more complex healthcare needs that benefit from a multidisciplinary team approach. In addition to the expanding elderly population, there are still younger patients with complex health needs and adding to this, patients are contracting chronic health conditions at an earlier stage in life which is putting increased strain on the system. Although the health system is already striving to provide an integrated service, it relies on many healthcare professionals providing separate services to a patient but also collaborating to ensure that each patient is provided with an optimum personalised care package that focuses on their individual needs. Currently, this service is not available in the way that would be beneficial to both patients and healthcare workers, and one of the reasons for this is that there is not enough funding in the community to provide a truly integrated service, or enough time in health professionals schedules to allow collaboration between individuals in different services.

An integrated service would comprise of true collaborative practice between general practitioners, consultants based in the community, district nurses, allied health professionals and social care to provide best possible care for all patients, but especially those with complex care needs. This would require regular multidisciplinary meetings between these professionals to discuss individualised patient care plans and prioritise patient safety issues should they arise alongside working with patients in the community and at more regular intervals than is currently possible. Therefore money invested would have to be partly used to increase the workforce numbers in the community of these professionals to allow time for the services to meet to discuss patient needs and develop personalised care plans, but also to develop a system which would nourish this approach.

It is important to note that investing money into community care and a better integrated healthcare approach would not only benefit those working in the community but those working in hospitals also. If patients are better cared for in the community, their healthcare needs can be understood and therefore are more likely to be met, the service is providing preventive medicine. This means that patients are less likely to be admitted into hospital, and if admission is needed there are less reasons for delay in discharge back into the community. This then means that there will both be less patients in hospitals and increased flow within them, and so there will be less pressure on beds. There will be shorter waiting lists if there are less acute patients to require hospital time, and therefore this time may be spent in routine clinics, which will further add to an integrated health care approach. This may also mean that healthcare professionals in hospitals are able to offer better patient care to inpatients. Although not previously mentioned, as part of the integrated care plan, investment is needed in hospitals to provide training and time to allow healthcare workers in hospitals to communicate effectively with the community team caring for each patient, both on admission to understand patient history and needs, and on discharge to ensure the individual plan is amended to allow smooth transition into the community and therefore prevent readmission.

In conclusion, prioritising integrated care by investing money into community services and social care could both increase health and wellbeing of patients in the community but also reduce preventable admissions into hospital, having further effects on inpatient care. Investing in preventive medicine, although costly in the short term, may both reduce money spent on acute healthcare in the future and will improve the physical and mental health of patients: something that everyone working in healthcare should have as their main priority.

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