WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

With everything that has been going on in the last month, it’s very likely slipped the minds of many that March was actually Women’s History Month.

If only for a few moments, we felt that it would be nice to focus on some positivity, giving us all a break from the troubling times we are experiencing. As such, what better time to celebrate the achievements of women in the NHS? More than any time in recent memory, it is the NHS that are keeping this country going and our people alive and healthy.

Did you know that 77% of the NHS workforce are women? As such, what better time to celebrate the achievements of women in the NHS, as now, more than any time in recent memory, it is the NHS that are keeping this country going and our people alive and healthy.

 

We reached out to several very inspirational female leaders within the NHS and asked them to share their respective journeys with is. We hope that their words will inspire the next generation of leaders within the NHS! We hope you enjoy reading.

Patricia Miller - Chief Executive
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

I have worked for the NHS for over 30 years. I can honestly say that despite the pressures and challenges I still love it. Being a public servant is very important to me. To a great extent it probably defines me as an individual and the values that I hold dear. My mother, grandmother and aunts were all nurses in the NHS, so public service is definitely ingrained in our DNA. My early career in the NHS was in information management and technology...show more

Gurjit Mahil - Deputy Chief Executive 
Medway NHS Foundation Trust

I joined the NHS back in 2007 initially as a volunteer, and I am now the Deputy Chief Executive of Medway NHS Foundation Trust which has 4,300 employees. I am extremely proud of what I have achieved in 13 years. I was fortunate to have a supportive manager at the beginning of my NHS/healthcare career who recognised my potential and offered me a position while I was completing my MSc...show more

Salma Yasmeen - Director of Strategy
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 

My journey in the NHS started as a student nurse back in May 1992 in my home town of Huddersfield, a place I feel deeply connected too. I currently work as the director of strategy for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, this is an exciting and diverse role in a values-led organisation...show more