Bolton surgeon awarded prestigious fellowship for female leaders

A surgeon from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has been chosen as one of eight female surgeons from across the UK to be awarded a prestigious fellowship for future leaders in the field of surgery.

Gemma Faulkner, who has worked at Royal Bolton Hospital as a consultant general and colorectal surgeon for five years, will begin the Royal College of Surgeons fellowship next month following her official induction in London.

The Lady Estelle Wolfson Emerging Leaders fellowship was established to provide opportunities for female surgeons who wish to progress into more senior roles. Gemma and the group will get a unique insight into the running of the Royal College, observing senior meetings and committees and benefiting from the insights and advice of an individual female mentor from within the College.

Gemma is thrilled to have been given this opportunity, saying:

“My aims during the fellowship are to improve my confidence and learn as much as I can about the functions and processes of the Royal College of Surgeons. The College is trying to become more diverse, less hierarchical. In addition to my own development I hope to empower others in their career choices.”

Alongside her role at the Trust, Gemma is also the National Institute of Health Research Lead for General Surgery research in Greater Manchester. She is lead supervisor for third year students in her department and is involved in the NHS Careers Ambassadors programme.

She feels that a big part of her role is continuing to raise the profile of female surgeons, adding, “I want to help to encourage people into a career in surgery, and make it accessible to everyone with the appropriate skills and drive. I hope to be a role model for women with an interest in surgery.”

Follow Gemma through her fellowship @GemmatheSurgeon.

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