Women in Intensive Care Medicine Emerging Leadership Programme

"Promoting diversity and inclusivity in the next generation of ICM leaders will be more likely to produce a specialty that is better able to understand the needs of patients and the workforce. It can offer the benefit of new ideas, fresh perspectives and broad experience. The WICMEL programme brings in some of those new voices."

Dr Danny Bryden, Chair, FICM Careers, Recruitment & Workforce Committee

The window for applications for the 2019-2020 programme has closed.

Details for the 2020-2021 programme will be released next year. Further information about WICMEL can be found below.

The Women in Intensive Care Medicine Emerging Leadership (WICMEL) Programme is a new initiative aimed at female consultant and staff/associate specialist grade doctors. The programme includes mentoring from senior members of the Faculty alongside an Open University short course on developing a leadership style. The aim of the programme is to allow the WICMEL Fellows to engage with Faculty activities and in doing so, enhance their own leadership skills, with the aim of becoming involved in leadership positions within FICM, or their own organisations.


In 2016, the WICM subcommittee was formed with the aim of addressing the gender imbalance to secure diversity of our critical care teams. One long-term goal is to approach a point where leadership composition at the Faculty represents membership composition.

From the most recent FICM data, 21.55% of consultants/SAS grade doctors and 39.6% of trainees are female, demonstrating a shift in the number of women entering the specialty. However, they represent a mere 7.5% of board election candidates – the lack of female critical care doctors reaching leadership positions is reflected across healthcare organisations and in our own hospitals. FICM and WICM believe that we can do more to address this imbalance through the introduction of the WICMEL programme, with the longer term aim of developing leadership support and education for all.

"I am so excited about the FICM’s Emerging Leadership project. Women are currently underrepresented in leadership roles within the Faculty, and within Intensive Care Medicine as a specialty. This programme will allow women in intensive care to develop their leadership skills in a supportive, mentored environment within the Faculty structure. This programme is designed for women at any stage in their consultant or SAS career, especially those who haven’t yet felt they have fulfilled their leadership potential."

Dr Rosie Baruah, Chair, Women in Intensive Care Medicine Subcommittee

The programme

All applicants accepted on to the WICMEL programme will be part of the WICMEL programme fellowship. All fellows will attend an induction day, a FICM Board meeting, select a mentor, chair their own WICMEL meeting and provide a presentation on the final day. More information about the programme can be found in the WICMEL schedule.

As part of the programme, all fellows will complete the Open University short course 'Developing your leadership style'. More information about the OU short course can be found in the WICMEL action learning set and on the OU website



Applicants must be a Fellow, Associate Fellow or Member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.


How to apply

To apply for the WICMEL please download and fill in the WICMEL application pack and return this to wicm@ficm.ac.uk.

You will also need to provide 4 additional documents:

  • A personal statement of no more than 750 words, explaining what you hope to gain from the WICMEL programme.
  • A brief CV. Maximum of 3 pages (A4).
  • A summary of your leadership development experience. A maximum of 1 page (A4). Bullet pointed to highlight your experience.
  • Confirmation of support from your Medical Director or Clinical Director to participate in the programme. This can be an email or a letter of support.

All these documents and the application pack will need to be sent to wicm@ficm.ac.uk



The window for applications for the 2019-2020 programme has closed.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have had to delay the next EL programme until 2021 at the very earliest. We will update this page with more information once we confirm a new timeline for the next programme.



We advise all applicants to download and read the WICMEL action learning set and schedule located at the bottom of this page, to gain a thorough idea of the programme and the Open University course.


Will there be funding for the Open University course?

Yes, FICM will fully subsidise the OU course for all WICMEL programme fellows.

For any further questions related to the WICMEL Programme please contact us at wicm@ficm.ac.uk.


"Even if your first thought is ‘I couldn’t possibly do this’ – please get in touch with us and we can talk you through how a programme like this could benefit you (and that you can do it!)”

Dr Rosie Baruah, Chair WICM

WICMEL Documents*

*These are for reference only as the 2019-2020 WICMEL programme applicaton window has closed