International Women's Day 2022

International Women's Day 2022

International Women's Day 2022

8th Mar 2022

International Women's Day (March 8th) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. We want to celebrate a few members of staff who #BreakTheBias and inspire us with the amazing work they do every day at Alder Hey:

Benedetta Pettorini 

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I have been a consultant for 11 years at Alder Hey as a paediatric neurosurgeon. Despite neurology being a very male dominated sector, it was always a dream of mine as I was lucky enough to grow up with good role models around me. 
The best part of my job is seeing the impact I make on the children’s lives and their families and the relationships I create through this. I love my career and I truly believe that anyone can be what they want to be.

Fiona Ashcroft 

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As the CEO of the charity, I feel great purpose in my role and am inspired everyday by seeing how the money we raise impacts the lives of the children and wider community. We support the trust above and beyond what the NHS can do, we have funded the buildings, world leading medical equipment, research and innovation.
I think it’s important for women to be in leadership roles as the pandemic has proven the importance of looking after each other’s wellbeing by using what are typically female traits such as empathy skills. My advice for women aspiring to be in leadership roles: do not be put off by job titles and don’t feel like you must match everything on the job description, remember your skillset and experience. 

Caren Landes

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I am a consultant radiologist, and I was clinical lead for radiology at Alder Hey for 10 years. My job is everything to do with imaging children: cross imaging, ultrasounds, xrays. I am very proud of how the department has developed over the years and I love coming into work every day, working with such an inspiring group of people. To all the young women thinking of studying medicine: you can do anything you put your mind to and don't let anyone tell you otherwise! If you want to do medicine - go for it! It's an incredibly rewarding job and every day is different.

Emma Jones

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I am an advanced dietician in gastroenterology and am currently training to become an advanced clinical practitioner (ACP). I am one of only a few allied health professionals in the UK that have completed the ACP training, increasing the capabilities of my role. I currently look after patients who have problems absorbing nutrition, and my ACP training means I am can now prescribe for my patients, which I feel passionate about as it ensures a higher level of safety. I always try to go above and beyond to ensure my patients receive the best possible care, and I am supported by an amazing team of women around me. 

Click here to read more about International Women’s Day, and how you can help to #BreakTheBias.

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