(13th October 2014)
On Oct 3rd we held the inaugural meeting of Leicester Women in Medicine (LWIM) at LDC, LGH. Established in 2014, LWIM is a network which aims to support and inspire individuals by developing a positive and active community which provides a forum through which individuals can learn through the experience of others and foster a change in culture.
Leicester Women in Medicine (LWIM) hopes to motivate and support women in medicine at all levels of career to achieve their personal goals and realise their talent through peer support and mentoring.
a concept of “getting close” to world class performers in order to learn from them – we should be looking for opportunities for individuals to “get close” to our leaders
“looking for the light in people” – identifying individuals strengths and helping them to develop them further – it is important for leaders to act as “sponsors” to individuals
the importance of having a “blueprint” for success and sharing this with team
“look in your wing mirrors” – the concept that as we move forward (sometimes at pace) we should be mindful of the team around us and how they are feeling
in order to aspire to be “world class” we should continue to develop our strengths as well as addressing our weaknesses
in order to achieve maximum output from a team we need to allow “down-time” or recovery time at intervals. This will prevent “burnout” and fall in output due to fatigue.
The meeting was very interactive and there was a buzz of energy in the room. During the final 30mins Sarah facilitated a panel discussion with 4 female leaders within UHL and Leicester Medical School (Kate Shields, Prof Melanie Davies, Dr Ffion Davies and Dr Sophie Parkinson). This session gave a valuable insight into how these individuals tackled the challenges of their roles. This opportunity to share stories and experiences felt like a really valuable learning experience.
LWIM aims to hold an annual free themed session with inspirational speakers and a networking session. Network events are open to medical students, junior doctors, consultants from all specialities, University posts, GPs and NHS managers. Events are open to both male and female colleagues.
Leicester Women in Medicine has been developed in close alliance with Sheffield Women in Medicine which was founded in 2013. LWIM was founded by Dr Kath Higgins in recognition of the need for a network inclusive to all which nurtures an ethos of inspiring and supporting the female workforce.
Dr Kath Higgins
Dr Helena Gleeson
Dr Frances Bulock
Dr Ffion Davies
Miss Kirsten Boyle
Dr Nicola Hartley
Miss Lucy Cutler