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Women’s health - tackling the gender health gap, recovering from COVID-19, promoting women’s only health concerns, and opportunities for research

Morning, Thursday, 4th November 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine priorities for improving healthcare provision for women in light of challenges posed by the pandemic, and wider discussion around tackling the UK’s gender health gap, including within research, awareness of gendered health concerns, and wider inequalities.

The discussion takes place with the Government drafting a Women’s Health Strategy, aiming to address the gender health gap, and it will be an opportunity to discuss the way forward with the consultation on the strategy having just closed, after seeking views on key themes including:

  • putting women at the centre of their care
  • education on women’s health
  • health infrastructure
  • priorities for research

Delegates will also be able to consider priorities for women’s health in the context of other significant developments, including the inquiry report from the APPG on endometriosis and recent inquiries from the Women and Equalities Committee, as well as wider health reforms proposed in the Health and Care Bill.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Edward Morris, President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; Professor Louise Howard, NIHR Research Professor in Women's Mental Health and NIHR Senior Investigator; Section of Women's Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London; and Mehrunisha Suleman, Senior Research Fellow and Lead, The Health Foundation.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • key priorities for delivering the Women’s Health Strategy
  • assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the gender health gap, and priorities for recovery and building stronger women’s health services
  • stakeholder views on the gender health gap and best practice in tackling it moving forward
  • putting women at the centre of their care and priorities for delivery
  • priorities for specific research and development, and keeping up with innovation


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service. Also due to attend are representatives from Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority; Roche Dia; and University of Leeds.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from regulators, pharmaceutical companies, representatives from the NHS, executive agencies including clinical staff, pharmacists, local government, primary care networks, research and development organisations, the independent and third sectors, patients groups, law firms, consultancies, and others affected by the issues discussed as well as academics and think tanks, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Edward Morris

President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Professor Louise Howard

NIHR Research Professor in Women's Mental Health and NIHR Senior Investigator; Section of Women's Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London

Mehrunisha Suleman

Senior Research Fellow and Lead, The Health Foundation


Emma Cox

Chief Executive Officer, Endometriosis UK

Samantha Allen

Chair, Health and Care Women Leaders Network, NHS Confederation and Chief Executive, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Anne Connolly

Chair, Primary Care Women’s Health Forum and GP, Bevan Healthcare

Dr Claire Hardy

Senior Lecturer in Organisational Health and Wellbeing, Lancaster University

Dr Geeta Nargund

Senior Consultant Gynaecologist and Lead Consultant for Reproductive Medicine, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust