Our 2022/23 Midwifery and Nursing Fellows graduated on the 14th of March at the Rewired conference ! We have created over 50 Digital Fellowships with NHS England since 2021 through our ground-breaking programme. Our next cohort of Fellowships for 2023/24 will be launching soon. We are delighted to announce that this year we will be expanding our Fellowship programme to women from informatics as well as clinical backgrounds by working with leading ICSs including North East and North Cumbria ICS.
NHS in pledge to support ethnic minority women into digital health careers | North East and North Cumbria NHS
The award-winning Digital Fellowship has been developed with NHS England specifically to support ethnic minority nurses and midwives interested in health technology. We deliver coaching sessions, virtual shadowing opportunities with digital and healthcare leaders, tailored educational events and peer support over a six month period. Participants are supported to overcome career related challenges, build positive relationships & confidence, gain insight into different digital roles and the latest digital and data developments.
The Fellowships have been sponsored by the NHSE digital maternity fund and the NHSE Nursing Directorate (Professional & System Leadership). Our first group of Nursing Fellows in 2021 came from a wide range of clinical backgrounds including Mental Health, Palliative Care, Sepsis, research and CCU from across the country. As a result of the Fellowship, 25% have successfully applied for and been offered new roles and 2 have gained places on the NHS HEE Digital Leadership programme. Fellows have also spoken at national conferences, been offered funding for MSc courses, promoted digital nursing roles with the RCN and helped to influence and shape health policy.
We were delighted to welcome Bisi Soledolu to the Shuri team in June 2021 as our Project Manager for the Nursing Fellowship. Bisi is a nurse & midwife by background and is passionate about helping nurses and midwives to succeed in their careers. In June 2022 she won the Workforce Innovator award at the National BAME Health and Care Awards for her work on the Fellowship !