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, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

The window for applications for the 2021-2022 programme is now closed for applications

The Women in Intensive Care Medicine Emerging Leadership (WICMEL) Programme is an 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 FICM data gathered in 2019, 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 represented 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.