Why networks matter to me


In the latest episode of the HSJ Women Leaders podcast, Dr Theresa Shaw, chief executive of the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) discusses how networks can offer valuable support for leaders in health and care.

Speaking in conversation with Health Service Journal editor Adele Waters, Theresa reveals why her role as the head of a healthcare charity can be both rewarding and isolating, and discusses the ways in which networks can help women at different stages of their leadership careers.

“One of the things I have enjoyed is that the network has brought together so many people” says Theresa. “My overriding feeling from the first meeting was how many people we had in the room who were leaders and women, and how fantastic that is.”

The HSJ Women Leaders Network, an NHS Employers collaboration with the HSJ, currently has more than 450 members and runs events and masterclasses throughout the year. Membership is open to aspiring and existing female leaders working across health and care.

Find out how to join the HSJ Women Leaders Network.

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