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Priorities for 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 - as well as wider discussion around tackling the UK’s gender health gap, including within research, awareness of gendered health concerns, and wider inequalities.


It will be an opportunity to examine key themes emerging from the Government’s consultation as it develops the Women’s Health Strategy, which aims to address the gender health gap - and to consider priorities for women’s health in the context of other significant developments, including the wider health reforms proposed in the Health and Care Bill.


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


Areas for discussion in the agenda include:

  • priorities for the Women’s Health Strategy and its implementation
  • meeting women’s health needs and addressing barriers to delivery
  • the impact of COVID-19 and public health inequalities on women’s health and key issues for recovery in women’s services
  • addressing the impact of racism in maternity care
  • the way forward for women’s health research

Attendees

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords, and officials from the Cabinet Office; the Department of Health and Social Care; Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service; the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency; National Audit Office; Ofsted; the Prime Minister’s Office; and The Scottish Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Academy of Medical Sciences; Beaumont Hospital; Blackpool Council; Cardiff University; CHCP; Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland; Department of Health, Ireland; Derry Well Women; Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare; Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales; FEmISA; Fertility Network UK; Hadean Ventures; Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Healthwatch Warrington; Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority; Imperial College London; King's College London; Lexington; Menopause Inclusion Collective; National Women and Infants Health Programme; NETSCC; NHS Grampian; Nuffield Department of Women and Reproductive Health, University of Oxford; Rare Autoinflammatory Conditions'​ Community; Res Consortium; Roche Dia; Royal College of Midwives; Swansea Bay University Health Board; University of Birmingham; University of Leeds; University of Oxford; and University of South Wales.


Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Mark Allen Group and The British Student Doctor Journal.


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 are 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

Mehrunisha Suleman

Senior Research Fellow and Lead, The Health Foundation

Keynote Speakers

Edward Morris

President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Mehrunisha Suleman

Senior Research Fellow and Lead, The Health Foundation

Chairs

Lord Paul Boateng

Life Peer, House of Lords; and former Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Department of Health

Baroness Jenkin of Kennington

Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Food and Health Forum; and Treasurer, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health

Speakers

Emma Cox

Chief Executive Officer, Endometriosis UK

Professor Chris Holcombe

Consultant Breast Surgeon and Cancer Lead, Royal Liverpool University Hospital; Deputy Chair, National Breast Clinical Expert Group; and President, Association of Breast Surgery

Haitham Hamoda

Consultant Gynaecologist, King’s College Hospital; and Chairman, British Menopause Society

Karen Middleton

Campaign Manager, Maternal Mental Health Alliance

Dr John Ford

Clinical Lecturer in Public Health, University of Cambridge

Dr Anna Gkioukela

Research Associate, University of Cambridge

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