Events and News

Rafiah Badat, Dr Shera Chok, Sonia Patel and Dr Ijeoma Azodo speaking at the Rewired Leadership Summit, March 2020.

Join our First Birthday Celebration !

We are turning 1 in July ! It has been an extraordinary year for many reasons and we want to say a big thank you to all our members, allies and supporters. Join our birthday celebrations on the 23rd of July from 1520 pm at the Digital Health Virtual Summer School ! Hear from our stellar panel & about the new Shuri Fellowship including our shadowing programme.

To register for the Summer School you need to be a member of Digital Health Networks – if you’re a BME woman do join our DH network through

Future events:

Ethnic diversity in health tech: Actions to Do More Monday 6 July 2-3 pm

Out of around 500 senior digital positions in the NHS in England, there were less than ten BAME women in CIO, CCIO or equivalent roles in 2019. That is despite over 75% of the NHS workforce being female and 20% identifying as BAME. Join Patricia Hughes, Divisional Nurse Director, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, and member of the Shuri Network and TechUk to discuss what needs to change.

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

Join us and the Health Foundation to discuss the recommendations and actions from the PHE COVID-19 review and hear how BME women are using digital tech in healthcare settings to deliver safe patient care. Booking details to be confirmed soon. Save the date !

Building Diversity in Digital Health
Wednesday 23 and 24 September 2020

With our partners, including the Yorkshire and Humber AHSN, we will shine a spotlight across the challenges that exist, discuss how we are promoting BAME leadership in technology to support the innovation and transformation ambitions for our communities and teams. Dr Ayesha Rahim, CCIO at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust will leading this exciting event – book now on:

Past events:

15 June 2020: Webinar: 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: Webinar: 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: Webinar: 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: Webinar: 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 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