MWF Autumn Conference in London - Friday 16th November 2018

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Making Change Happen within Medicine & Beyond

Where: Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Pl, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9SN

When: Friday 16th November 2018, from 9:30am-4.30pm

Early-Bird Registration is open until Sunday 9th September 2018 at midnight

Click here to register your place today!


This year more than ever, the Medical Women’s Federation (MWF) Autumn Conference will celebrate how far we have come and look at the big challenges that still lie ahead within the medical profession and beyond. From #MeToo and Time’s Up, to celebrating the 100th anniversary since the first British women won the right to vote, the world has seen a historical shift in women standing together. The MWF invites you to join us as we bring together the leading voices of those who are working to transform the future for gender equality in the medical profession and highlight solutions to modern day challenges.

The MWF Autumn Conference 2018 is a platform for inspiring medical minds to meet, stimulate new thinking and extend professional relationships. This gathering of eclectic medical minds gives you access to one of the world's most energetic networks of medical women.

We are delighted to be able to include in this conference a keynote address from RCP President Professor Dame Jane Dacre, who will provide a look into the progress of the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine Review. Other leading voices include Victoria Macdonald, Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News, reflecting on two decades of health reporting from the frontline. We will hear extraordinary realities of life on the NHS frontline from Dr Rachel Clarke  and Dr Jonathan Cusack, who will reflect on the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, the GMC, and change. Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, will share her thoughts on the position of women in society, from the home to the workplace, and the prejudices still present there.

In conversation with MWF President Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Professor Averil Mansfield will join us to discuss her inspirational life and career as the first female Professor of Surgery in the UK.

Join us for this unmissable experience!



You will also have the chance to make connections with plenty of opportunities for networking. MWF conferences present an opportunity to engage with a wide range of consultants, GPs, junior doctors, medical students and hospital doctors from a variety of specialties, and are CPD certified.



We will be showcasing a great line up of speakers. Hear from:

Professor Dame Jane Dacre is President of the RCP, an Honorary Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist at the Whittington Hospital in north London, and director of UCL Medical School in London. She has also been the medical director of MRCP(UK), a GMC council member and chaired the GMC Education and Training Committee (2008–2012) and clinical lead for the development of the first Clinical Skills Centre in the UK, as well as co-author of the GALS screen. She has been instrumental in the development, implementation and evaluation of assessment systems in medicine.

Victoria Macdonald is Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News. She is an award-winning journalist, who has been covering health and social care issues for Channel 4 News since 1999. Victoria reports on changes in the NHS - the reforms and the politics - whether it is in hospitals or in the community or, indeed in Westminster.

Professor Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer for England. She is an independent adviser to the government on medical matters, with particular responsibilities regarding public health. Previously she was the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health, and worked as a clinician specialising in the treatment of diseases of the blood and bone marrow.

Before training as a doctor, Dr Rachel Clarke worked as a television journalist, making current affairs documentaries. She now combines working as a speciality doctor in palliative medicine with writing and campaigning for a properly-funded NHS. During the junior doctor dispute in 2016, she put her journalistic background to good use at the forefront of the campaign against the government. She argued in print and on screen that imposing a contract – not to mention trying to deliver a seven-day NHS on five-day funding - would irrevocably damage the NHS. Her book, Your Life in My Hands, published last year, captures what life is really like for staff and patients on an overstretched NHS frontline.

Dr Jonathan Cusack is a Consultant Neonatologist, Leicester, and educational supervisor to Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba; he has supported her throughout the legal processes and represented her at her appeal.

Sam Smethers is Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society. Sam is no stranger to equalities and gender issues having worked for both the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. She also served as a Fawcett trustee between 2007 and 2010, was a trustee of Gingerbread for seven years and has nine years’ experience working in Parliament. Sam is passionate about equal representation, valuing and sharing care and closing the gender pay gap.

Jon Ashworth MP is the Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Professor Averil Mansfield is a retired vascular surgeon. She was a consultant surgeon at St Mary's Hospital in London, from 1982 to 2002, and in 1993 she became the first British woman to be appointed a Professor of Surgery. She was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2005, and was elected president of the British Medical Association in 2009–2010. In 2012 she was voted one of "100 Women Who Have Changed the World" by The Independent on Sunday.


Submit an Abstract

Full submission details can be located here. The deadline for all abstract submissions is strictly Sunday 23rd September 2018 at midnight.


Booking arrangements

To book your place at the MWF Autumn Conference 2018, please use our online booking form.


Formal Pre-Conference Dinner

We welcome you to join us for the unmissable pre-Conference drinks and dinner.

The formal dinner will take place on the evening of Thursday 15th November 2018 from 6.35pm at the Hilton London Euston, 17-18 Upper Woburn Pl, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0HT.

We are delighted to announce that the after dinner speaker is Beeban Kidron, Baroness Kidron OBE.

Beeban Kidron is a BAFTA-award winning British filmmaker who has spent over 35 years working in feature film, television drama and documentary. She is the co-founder of the educational charity IntoFilm, which uses film to educate children aged 5-18 years and has over 9,000 film clubs in UK schools.

In 2012, Kidron was appointed to the House of Lords, where she sits as a Crossbench Peer. Following the making of documentary, InRealLife, she founded 5Rights. 5Rights seeks to deliver the established rights of children in all interactions with the digital world. In 2017, with support from colleagues across the House, she brought an amendment to the Data Protection Bill into legislation. The Age-Appropriate Design Code seeks to secure the highest standards of privacy and data rights for children online. Kidron is a member of; The Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying; the WeProtect Child Dignity Alliance Technical Working Group; the Global Council for Extended Intelligence and is a Commissioner on the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.


MWF Council Meeting

The MWF Council meeting will take place on Thursday 15th November 2018, 14:00-16:00pm at the Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Pl, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9SN. This meeting is open to all MWF members who are welcome to sit in on discussions as observers.


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