What we do


The HSJ Women Leaders Network aims to bring shared learning and engaging events to our members.

We hold regular network events throughout the year which provide a mix of inspirational speakers, audience discussion, interactive workshops and networking opportunities.

The style of the network recognises the seniority of our membership, but our tone and delivery is inclusive and informal. We are a community of like-minded thinkers and doers. We want to achieve the best that we can in our career and help the women around us to progress too.

If you’ve yet to attend a women leaders event, you may want to get a feel for who we are and what we do by accessing some of our resources. Our resources section will be added to as we progress.



Tweet chats

We hold regular tweet chats about the issues that matter to our members, using the hashtag #nhswomen. Take a look at our Twitter moments for a summary of previous chats.


NHS women on boards: 50:50 by 2020 by Professor Ruth Sealy of Exeter University Business School (March 2017)

Women into leadership: A plan for action by Dr Penny Newman (December 2015)


Episode 1 - In our first podcast, Leading from every seat, Nursing Times editor, Jenni Middleton, quizzes our director of external affairs, Helen Birtwhistle, on the aims of the network and the benefits to members.

Episode 2 - In Moving from 'we should' to 'I will', hear from KPMG partner Claire Warnes on why diverse leadership is essential and what we can do to create more inclusive workplaces.

Episode 3 - Listen to Why networks matter to me and get an insight into what life is like at the top of a leading healthcare charity, with Dr Theresa Shaw, chief executive of the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS).

Episode 4 - Leaders come in all shapes and sizes - Doctor Elaine Maxwell, associate professor of leadership at London’s Southbank University and non-executive director of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals, talks networks – why they are important and what she gains from being a member of the HSJ Women Leaders Network.


In their blogs for International Women's Day, Salma Yasmeen, director of strategy for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust talks about how to be bold and Karen Finlayson, partner at PwC and one of the organisation's most senior women, shares her leadership journey.

Lisa Unwin, founder of She's Back, explains why motherhood and work is like a game of chess in her blog, Play the long game.

What impression do you make on others, and do you need to re-adjust your dials? Read Get this right or you won't get anywhere by coach Susan Ritchie.

Learn how to be resilient whilst remaining authentic in Finding your true north by Rebecca Howard, psychotherapeutic coach and leadership psychotherapist.

Read The value of mentoring by Dr Helen Woolnough, senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University.

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