When: Friday 10th May 2024

Location: Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

You are invited to join us at the MWF Spring Conference 2024 titled ‘Innovation and Leadership in Challenging Times.’  To book your place at the MWF Spring Conference 2024, please use our online booking form. Click here. This conference is CPD approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 5 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s). 





Confirmed Speakers

We will be showcasing a fantastic and varied line-up of speakers. Speakers will be announced very soon, please see our confirmed speakers below:

Dr Catherine Calderwood - After Dinner Speaker on 9th May

National Clinical Director, Centre For Sustainable Delivery, Golden Jubilee National Hospital

Former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland

Dr Rachel Morris

Host of You Are Not A Frog Podcast

GP and Coach

Miss Samantha Tross

Consultant Orthopaedic Hip and Knee Surgeon

Board Member (Secretary) IODA (Inthernational Orthopaedic Diversity Alliance)

Trustee British Association Black Surgeons

Professor Dame Lesley Regan

Women’s Health Ambassador for England

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College London.

Dr Rosalind Ranson

Independent Chief Medical Advisor

Dr Ellen Fallows

NHS GP with experience in treatment and reversal of long-term conditions through supported lifestyle change.

Dr Anita Sharma

GPwSI Gynaecology
Chair of Women's Doctors Forum BIDA
Education Lead  FDA North West
Chair of Endometriosis Awareness North
GP member NICE GDG Menopause and Breast Cancer
Undergraduate Trainer University of Manchester

Prof Scarlett McNally

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Deputy Director, Centre for Perioperative Care  

Honorary Clinical Professor, Brighton and Sussex Medical School 

President, Medical Women’s Federation 

Dr Nuthana Prathivadi Bhayankaram

Vice President, Medical Women's Federation

Paediatric registrar

Chief Sustainability Officer's Clinical Fellow 2023/24

Dr Karen Ellison 

Medicolegal consultant at the Medical Protection Society

Tista Chakravarty-Gannon

Head of Operations, Outreach England at the General Medical Council

You! - Oral and poster abstracts

Oral Abstract Presentations:

Establishing the UK as a leader in women’s health through innovative, whole-sector co-design of sex and gender policies for medical research - Dr Kate Womersley

MSID: Innovation leadership to reduce global medical education inequalities - Dr Safiya Virji

Refereeing REF to ensure fair play for women in clinical academia - Professor Angharad Davies

Advancing Maternal Healthcare in Resource-Poor Settings: The Innovative Approach of Maa Global - Dr Jameela Abdul-Raheem


Formal Dinner - 9th May 2024 at Downing College

We are delighted to announce that our pre-conference formal dinner and reception will be taking place at Downing College in Cambridge from 6pm. To register, click here.

Council Meeting- 9th May 2024 at Downing

We are delighted to be holding our first in-person council meeting since before the pandemic. The council meeting will be taking place at 4.30pm - 6pm on the 9th May 2024 at Downing College. This meeting will take place before the pre-conference formal dinner which will be taking place from 6pm.

Observers are welcome to attend the council meeting.

MWF Raffle

MWF is delighted to announce that we will holding a raffle at the MWF Spring Conference on 10th May 2024. Tickets are available to buy online from the MWF website prior to the event and will cost £5 per ticket. Proceeds from the raffle will be split between Médecins Sans Frontières and MWF. To buy a raffle ticket, click here.

Enter for the chance to win one of the below prizes:

John Lewis wellbeing hamper 
Book - Power of Love Leadership – Sarah Higgins 
Book - Signed Copy of The Air Raid Book Club – Annie Lyons
2 x free leadership coaching sessions with Jackie Booth
2x free coaching sessions with Angela Peake
Online self care mini course with Dr Caroline Delves
1x voice dialogue coaching session with Dr Becki Taylor Smith
Book - Penguin Life Expert Series 
Book - A neccessary kindness - Juno Carey (book)
4x Free Zoom session on self-defence by Prof Scarlett McNally, 4th Dan Black Belt karate

Book - The Power of preparation for surgery - donated by the authors: Dr Sunil Kumar and Dr Toni Brunning

Smart Works

MWF will be running a Smart Works stall at the conference. Smart Works is a charity that dresses and coaches unemployed women in preparation for a job interview. Bring along your high-quality clothing donations to change the trajectory of another woman's life. Smart Works are particularly short on handbags and shoes so please do consider bringing any good-quality items. For more information, click here.

Gift Registration

If you would like to donate a conference place to a collegue, friend, family member or MWF member, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are a member of the MWF and would like to register your interest as a recipient of a donated place, please click here.


We know that coming to a conference for the first time on your own can seem a bit daunting, MWF is glad to announce the launch of a buddying scheme that allows first time attendees to be buddied with MWF Members. If you are interested in being buddied, kindly register your interest here.

Partner and support

We would like to kindly thank the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Medical Protection Society (MPS) who are sponsoring our Spring Conference.

The Spring Conference and its activities offer a range of opportunities to join the conversation as a sponsor or charity partner. Please get in touch to discuss working together by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Recommended Hotel

If you need to stay overnight on the 9th May, we recommend booking a room at The Clayton Hotel, Cambridge. Preferential rates are available for MWF Conference delegates, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and quote: AMWF090424

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