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Women and Medicine: The Future

The comprehensive 159 page report was authored by Dr Mary Ann Elston and has been welcomed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Professor Steve Field and the President of the Royal College of Surgeons, Mr John Black.

To download the full (159 page) or summary (21 page) report click on these links:

Report findings include:

“The main challenge ahead is no longer barriers to entry or delays to the career progression of women. It is to ensure that the increasing proportion of women is effectively, economically, and fairly incorporated into the workforce for the benefit of patients. The demographic shift that is mapped in detail in our full report is still in its early stages. As it proceeds, there will be a need to put in place organisational structures and employment practices that are well designed to anticipate this change. The growing proportion of women doctors is changing the nature of the delivery of medical practice and that brings with it challenges as well as advantages. The profession would be failing in its duty to patients to ignore such concerns.”

Report implications include:

– future workforce design
– leadership capacity
– future development of the consultant role

Report recommendations include:

– Examine requirements for workforce design
– Investigate economic implications of changing workforce patterns
– Address critical information gaps
– Strengthen workforce planning and modelling
– Enhance career guidance and feedback

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