We were delighted to welcome Bisi Soledolu to the Shuri team in June 2021 as our Project Manager for an innovative new project to support BAME nurses in digital health in collaboration with NHS England launching later in 2021. To find out more, join our network !
We won the national TechWomen100 Network of the Year award in December 2020 ! The award recognises the difference our Network is making to increasing diversity, safety and innovation within 18 months of our launch.
The Shuri team will be at HETT 2021 in September ! Our members, allies and Shuri Fellows will be sharing how we’re leading and implementing digital change programmes, collaborating with NHSE and HEE to improve diversity in technology and developing new opportunities for our members.
We celebrated our 2nd birthday with our members & allies at the Digital Health Summer School on the 15th July ! We issued a call to action to our allies and members: Create safe spaces for your teams and open the door to somebody who may not be within your usual sphere of social or professional contact. Help to demystify tech careers and tell us what you’ve done.
Diversity in the digital health workforce: Next steps in your career as a BAME woman. 23 April 2021
Our first joint event of 2021 with the Health Foundation was thought-provoking, inspiring and a huge success ! We heard from role models including Navina Evans, Ayesha Rahim, Rachel Tesfaye, Ronke Adejolu, Sara Nelson, Tracey Thomas, Shera Chok and Tara Suran.
“You know those events that stay with you for life, the ones where you replay sound bites over and over in your head? Today’s @NetworkShuri talk with @NavinaEvans@ronkeadejolu@RachelETesfaye and Shera Chok was one of those. Become an ally. Join the network.” K. Toma, audience feedback.
Shuri Network Shadowing Programme Launch: 30 March 2021
Our shadowing programme launch event on the 30th of March was attended by over 55 people. The programme aims to create opportunities for women of colour to shadow digital, health and care leaders, build relationships and confidence and gain insight into different roles and environments. This ground-breaking national initiative in collaboration with Hexitime will enable members and allies to share their expertise, experience and grow professional networks.
Rewired, 16-17 March 2021: We were delighted to be a partner for Rewired, one of the largest digital festivals in the UK. Our Shuri Fellows, Student Ambassador and Steering Group members spoke at the Digital Leadership Summit on the 16th and the Clinical Software Summit on the 17th. If you missed us you can register to view the talks here ! https://digitalhealthrewired.com/
NHS Women in Tech – Breaking Down the Barriers, 4 March 2021: A look into key NHS women in health tech, and how they’ve changed the status quo. Ronke Adejolu, Associate CNIO, Community Nursing NHSX, Shuri Network member and Topol Fellow joined an inspiring panel of speakers hosted by Rethink Healthcare.
OHT Students Careers Fair, 24 February 2021: Dr Ayesha Rahim shared her expertise of building health IT infrastructure at the first One HealthTech Career Fair.
Kings College London African-Caribbean Medical Society: Tech in Med Networking Event, 18 February 2021: Talks from our Student Ambassador Ghazel Mukhtar, our chair, Shera Chok, Dr Jossy Onwude, Ellen Nelson Rowe and Mr Carlon Fitzpatrick.
HETT Reset, 9th of February 2021: Dr Shera Chok chaired a panel of national experts who discussed diversity and health inequalities. Key messages: Co-produce digital services and products with users, build smart partnerships, increase diversity in tech innovators, be bold, brave and practical. https://htn.co.uk/2021/02/09/addressing-diversity-and-health-inequalities-alongside-tech-innovation/
Diverse leadership: ‘Where and when I enter’ – NHS Confederation : 25 November 2020: Prof Dame Elizabeth Anionwu led a conversation between five leaders from black and minority ethnic communities, including our Chair, tackling leadership throughout and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion covered innovative solutions to yesterday’s problems through diverse leadership styles, remaining authentic as a leader, intense scrutiny and the impact of error and values-based leadership and the importance of connection.
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. https://www.anthtechconf.co.uk/12-diversity-design-and-digital-health-with-ijeoma-azodo-and-rafiah-badat/
EDUCATION AND INSPIRATION: DIGITAL LEADERSHIP – INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESS, 8 October 2020
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHu8qZ_lhII&feature=emb_logo
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: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKW96tAdApjc7Nmzj7TNEJR-MCu7GGpBa
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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX6BzM9kqS8TsVvjeOM2ttw/videos
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. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-importance-of-allyship-for-the-digital-data-and-technology-workforce-tickets-116871514847?idU=1
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. https://t.co/tOPUXY75d4?amp=1
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 https://www.digitalhealth.net/2020/07/digital-health-unplugged-the-shuri-network-one-year-on/
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 ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDvScRqjQME&feature=youtu.be
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. https://youtu.be/9IncifJuFUM
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADvJQM7i28E&feature=youtu.be
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. https://t.co/CfPLdn2kKV?amp=1
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. https://digitalhealth.london/webinar-taking-a-digital-innovation-idea-and-making-it-a-reality/
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. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct0sfj
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. https://youtu.be/pmIiLuf3NEI
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. https://zoom.us/rec/play/vcElce-uqD43ToGQuASDCvcsW9Tpe6KsgCcb-KYInUq3ByRXM1H3NboaY7aECrM95s8sZ5Rn9O3pXVFC?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=niAGgG4BQuOGinBnB_kHzQ.1592384622576.9ae792c95cbf80ea6e398b6dba033ace&_x_zm_rhtaid=21
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