According to the Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS), 64% of people accepted on to medicine and dentistry degree courses in the UK were women (2020 data).The proportions of both female consultants and trainees are increasing steadily and at a similar rate, however, there remains a large gap between the numbers of women who go into training and those that become consultants.
Image 1. Number of consultant female surgeons based on 2022 data from NHS Digital
Image 2. Percentage of consultants who are female* within the following specialties:’ based on 2022 data from NHS Digital
More details on the numbers of women in surgery are available from NHS Digital.