Junior Doctor Representative - Dr Devina Maru


I am a GP Speciality Registrar in London and delighted to be elected to the MWF Council Board. I am listed in the top 100 Rising Star Women across all industries in the UK and Ireland and winner of the healthcare industry category. I have also been shortlisted for Devina Maru Newthe Asian Women of Achievement Awards.

Over the last few years, I have worked with the MWF as the Junior Doctor Representative for London and MWF BMA General Practitioner Committee Representative for the UK. I have contributed to stakeholder engagements for the Government’s Women’s Health Strategy for England and Our State of the Globe Report: a Women’s Health Agenda, which will be launched at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York in March 2022. As a Council Board Member, I will continue promoting MWF values, key aims, and the development of a network to help shape the future for women in the medical profession.

I have conducted national research to explore issues that women feel are important to them whilst working in medicine across the UK. This is of great importance and high interest, as developing targeted strategies to address gender-based disparities requires in-depth understanding of the enablers and barriers women face to career progression.

I am on the database for the Women Speakers in Healthcare and part of the Network of Elected Women BMA-wide group. I was selected to speak in the Health Leadership Academy House of Lords Event on women in leadership and was a panel member with Professor Dame Jane Dacre discussing the gender pay gap in medicine. I was also invited to meet the Prime Minister and Health Secretary at 10 Downing Street for my work involved in leadership, policy, and academic improvements for Junior Doctors nationally.

In times of change and modern leadership, equality and gender opportunity remain topics of fervid debate. There is some way to go to achieve gender balanced leadership teams that are truly representative of the populations they serve. I am determined and passionate to ensure we don't lose momentum in recognising and rewarding female leaders across the health and social care landscape and helping face the challenges of modern leadership.

I am delighted to be elected to the Council Board.

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