"So on October 12th 2018, as I entered the RCP to our first ever BSG SWiG day, I was reminded of the power of a dynamic, talented and motivated group and felt privileged to be part of it. With Dame Jane Dacre speaking and Jane Eaden acting as Chair for the day there was an amazing atmosphere. An environment in which everyone felt safe to talk about their struggles combining their career goals with the realities of life- ill health, caring commitments, indirect discrimination and undermining behaviour affect us all. But with only 19% of gastroenterology consultants being female, it appears to be a particular difficulty for women and solutions were the focus of the day."
"We kicked off with a feisty introduction from Cathryn and then I spoke about contracts and job planning. Although that sounds incredibly dull, it is actually very interesting to see the disparity between the rules (terms and conditions) and the implementation and how to overcome it. Clare Woodford from the BMA then reminded us of the gender pay gap in medicine and Laura Blackburn introduced the BSG mentoring programme – a fantastic initiative, and as two thirds of those present were trainees likely to have a high take-up rate."