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Lack of female CCG leaders presents 'risk' to NHS

9th November 2011

A new report has issued a warning over the lack of female clinical commissioning group leaders.


The centrally-funded report, which follows an HSJ survey showing that 85% of CCG leaders were men, suggests the position presents a “risk” to the financial and organisational success of the NHS.

The report, entitled Releasing Potential: Women doctors and clinical leadership, was written by GP Penny Newman and funded by the National Leadership Council.

Pointing to evidence from the private sector that gender diverse boards have improved financial performance, it said: “If women doctors fail to be represented on the new CCGs and other NHS boards, the lack of diversity presents a risk to developing the collaborative and inclusive leadership behaviour needed for organisations to succeed in a complex system.

“The NHS will fail to obtain the improved financial and organisational performance and return on investment that comes with board diversity.”

Interviews with 26 leading female GPs and consultants were analysed to identify key themes, which were then tested at a National Leadership Council workshop with a further 43 female medical leaders and other experts.

Women doctors make up some 60% of medical school entrants, 43% of GP partners and 70% of sessional GPs.

Several interviewees put themselves forward for CCG roles but found a number of obstacles in their paths.

Dr Newman said: “While the number of female doctors continues to rise, there remains an unacceptably small proportion in leadership positions within the NHS.”

The foreword by Sir Neil McKay said the report highlighted a workforce issue “we ignore at our peril.”


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