Events and News

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Past events:

Anthropology and Technology Conference, 9 October 2020

Dr Ijeoma Azodo and Rafiah Badat spoke about the risks of algorithmic decision-making to marginalize and exclude and the actions needed to avoid this. The Anthropology + Technology conference aims to facilitate dialogue on emerging technology projects in order to help businesses benefit from more socially-responsible AI.


What trends are emerging in digital jobs & how do you increase your chances of success as a BAME woman ? We are collaborating with award-winning talent management provider, Hunter Healthcare and senior NHS leaders to bring you a series of practical and inspiring events to encourage more women of colour to step forward and succeed in their digital careers. If you missed it see:

 IHM Staffing Conference, 24 September 2020. Stephanie Riley from Doctor Care Anywhere and ICU nurse and our chair, Dr Shera Chok shared their experiences of building digital careers and workforce development. You can find all of the presentations here:

Building Diversity in Digital Health, 23 and 24 September 2020

Dr Ayesha Rahim, CCIO at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust led this exciting event with our partners, including NHS England and the Yorkshire and Humber AHSN. If you missed it you can watch all the talks here:

Allyship for the digital, data and technology workforce: 17 September: What does it mean to be an effective ally? This webinar aims to raise awareness and promote dialogue around allyship and diversity for the digital data & technology workforce. Chaired by Aasha Cowey from NHS South, Central and West, with our Steering Group member Rafiah Badat, NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, and Speech & Language Therapist, St George’s University Hospitals NHS FT.

The Shuri Network and Health Foundation Webinar Series Inaugural meeting : Wednesday 9 September 2020 2-330 pm

Our first joint event with the Health Foundation ! Evelyn Asante-Mensah OBE, Stephanie Riley, Anna Awoliyi, Sarah Jensen, Jennifer Dixon, Rachel Tesfaye, Daphne Amevenu and Dr Shera Chok shared their personal journeys, the actions being taken to increase diversity and inclusion and how BAME women are using digital tech in healthcare settings to deliver safe patient care. Audience feedback:

“I love the authenticity. It’s so refreshing.”

“Thank you @NetworkShuri for such an inspirational webinar ! A fabulous network of aspirational women.”

London Digital Pioneer Fellowship webinar: Sep 2, 2020 5:00 PM Join us and the Digital Health London team for a webinar on the Digital Pioneer Fellowship, a flagship programme that supports change makers, employed by NHS organisations in London and the South East, to design and lead transformation projects underpinned by digital innovation. Sara Nelson, Programme Director and our co-founder Dr Shera Chok will be talking to programme alumni Nikki Kahllon, Kwesi Afful and Rafiah Badat about their experience and advice for applications.

Our virtual birthday at the Digital Health Summer School with Ronke Adejolu, Dr Shera Chok, Dr Ijeoma Azodo, Andrea Downey, Zainab Hussain, Dr Nikki Kanani, Sarah Amani, Yinka Makinde and Sonia Patel; 23 July 2020.

Key advice from the panel: Believe in yourself, be courageous, get yourself a mentor, create a safe space at work and new opportunities to develop, don’t hold yourself back from applying for jobs even if you don’t meet all of the person spec criteria, build your personal vision, know your worth and network, network, network !

Our First Birthday Celebration ! We turned one in July and celebrated at the Digital Health Virtual Summer School with a stellar panel who discussed what needs to be done to improve representation and diversity in digital health and the tech sector. If you missed it you can hear a podcast of the session at

Summer special for teenagers and young people of colour, 12 August 2020: What is a data scientist? What tech jobs are there in the public sector ? If you missed our fun webinar with Coders of Colour and Ayo Ogonkolade, Jasmine Latham, Zainab Garba-Sani, Tolulope Ogunremi, Ruth Agbakoba, Grace Annan- Callcott & our co-founder Dr Shera Chok you can view the recording here !

6 July 2020: Ethnic diversity in health tech: Actions to Do More. Searing. Honest. Controversial. The most powerful discussion on bullying, racism and diversity we have seen. Applies to the whole NHS, not just the tech sector. Patricia Hughes, Divisional Nurse Director, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, and member of the Shuri Network joined the TechUK panel to discuss what needs to change.

15 June 2020: How to change the culture of your conversations in your teams to allow inclusion & diversity. Rafiah Badat, Shuri steering group member, NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow and a Speech & Language Therapist, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spoke at this webinar aimed at emerging AHP leaders and managers to inspire the next generation.

4 June 2020: Achieving Diversity and Reducing the Digital Divide in the digital response during and beyond COVID-19. Do digital services increase access or widen the digital divide? Dr Shera Chok chaired a discussion on improving digital inclusion and access with NHS England, the Good Things Foundation, the National Digital Service, Scotland and the Federation of Informatics Professionals.

1 June 2020: Taking a digital innovation idea and making it a reality. How do you take your first steps as a digital pioneer? What support is there if you want to turn your ideas for improving care through digital into reality? We collaborated with Digital Health London, ORCHA and Levanya Plus to share the stories of two remarkable women, Rajal Patni and Saira Arif.

17 May 2020 BBC World Service: The Evidence. Covid-19 and the impact on BME communities. Dr Shera Chok joined speakers from the Johns Hopkins University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Oxford University to highlight the underlying health and social inequalities that led to what we have seen in the UK and US and the actions needed to address them.

6 May 2020: Covid-19 and the Impact on BAME Communities – What needs to change? Covid-19 has had a disproportionate impact on BME communities and staff. Our co-founder, Dr Shera Chok, organised a webinar with Sky News, the Royal College of Nursing, the British Medical Association and the British Association of Physicians of India Origin (BAPIO) to discuss the causes and actions needed. Nearly 500 people joined the webinar for a wide ranging, thought provoking and honest discussion.

2019: How to apply for the NHS Digital Academy: Our co-founder, Sarah Amani led a discussion with senior digital leaders Zainab Hussain, Dr Ayesha Rahim and Sonia Patel about their experience of the Digital Academy, the benefits of the programme and advice for the application process.


You can access our 2020 newsletters here:

Shuri Network Newsletter July 2020

Shuri Network Newsletter June 2020

Shuri Network Newsletter April 2020

Diversity in Digital Health Leeds Event 21 April 2020

Happy New Year 2020

We also post regular updates about the Network on our twitter account @NetworkShuri

Dr Ijeoma Azodo, Dr Shera Chok, Sonia Patel, Rafiah Badat, Nikki Kahllon and Dr Ayesha Rahim with Jon Hoeksma, Chief Executive of Digital Health at Rewired, March 2020.
Trish Hughes and Shera Chok speaking at the HSJ Digital Summit, 2020