Dr Sonali Kinra on why female leadership should be promoted in General Practice

Dr Sonali Kinra on why female leadership should be promoted in General Practice

Do we settle for the world as it is or work For the world as it should be? – Barack Obama

49% of general practitioners are women and yet our leadership isn’t fully representative of the workforce.

I have witnessed first-hand, great leadership by Dr Nicole Atkinson as Nottingham West Clinical chair, and Dr Helen Garr continues to encourage us to be mindful of our own Wellbeing.

But why are more women not coming forward for the clinical director/deputy clinical director roles?
What are the perceived barriers to progression to leadership? We have family life to balance, kids to raise, maybe we are too critical of our abilities or are we just victims of stereotype?

We are conditioned to multi task! We routinely negotiate with toddlers/ difficult teenagers/ partners at home, make it to work in time, take pride in our work, ensure the house work is done to perfection and have food on the table. We are the glue that binds society and build communities. PCNs are no Different!

I firmly believe we bring the exact skills that are needed to lead Primary Care Networks effectively.
Systems often seek breath of fresh air which you will bring. General practice is even more exciting when we widen our interest, just imagine if you could scale up the great work that you do with those in your consulting room, the whole community stands to benefit from your creativity.

There will be days that it will feel like hard work and all you need to do is reach out to your peers.
If you want to chat about this role or any other leadership role then feel free to contact me via email (sonali.kinra@nhs.net) or twitter @SonaliKinra.

What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine – Oprah Winfrey

By Dr Sonali Kinra, GP Partner Hucknall Road Medical Centre