The Shuri Network Digital Fellowship Cohort 4

Shuri Cohort 3 Digital Fellows at the Speed Meeting event Dec 2023

About the Shuri Network Digital Fellowship

The award-winning Shuri Network and NHS England have collaborated to support female ethnic minority health and care professionals who are working in health technology through offering our Digital Fellowship for 2024/25, to succeed and thrive as digital leaders and innovators.

The Fellowship has now closed for applications. We aim to notify all applicants of the outcome by w/c 5th August 2024.

The Shuri Network launched in July 2019 to support women from ethnic minority backgrounds in the NHS and social care with an interest in digital health to develop the connection, skills and confidence to progress into senior leadership positions and help digital leadership teams more closely represent the diversity of their workforce. The network champions diversity, innovation and safety across the health and care workforce, engaging national bodies and senior leaders to ensure this is built into policy and systems, It is the only network specifically for women of colour in digital health and care, with a membership of over 2800 across the UK and internationally.

The Digital Fellowship combines a variety of components such as coaching, educational sessions, networking and peer support to empower professionals who are currently working within the NHS and Social Care in digital health or who would like to progress their careers in digital health. We also welcome applications from professionals who use technology regularly as an enabler within their role. The Fellowship aims to enable you to overcome career-related challenges, build positive relationships, gain insight into different digital roles and support your career progression.

Coaching offer
The Shuri Network will provide Digital Fellows with 5 online coaching sessions between September 2024 – April 2025. Each coaching session will run for 60 minutes. In order to successfully complete the Fellowship we would expect the following:

  • Completion of 5 coaching sessions and a short reflection on the session to be submitted after every session, and emailed to
  • Attendance at the educational events organised – participants are advised to allocate time to attend the meetings and discuss this with their line manager to gain support. If you are unable to attend you must email the Shuri team to inform us.
  • Towards the end of the programme an evaluation to capture participants’ feedback will take place. The Network will require your involvement with this.

We encourage all Fellows to fully engage with the programme as this has greatly enhanced outcomes for previous Fellows. Commitment to the programme is essential and the network will be monitoring and tracking the progress of all Digital Fellows.

Eligibility Criteria
• A professional working in the NHS or Social Care in England
• Professional level – AfC bands 5-8a, FY1-2, CT1-2, ST1-2
• Member of the Shuri Network
• Identify as ethnic minority
• Identify as female
• Keen on expanding their digital knowledge in support of career progression
• Currently working within digital health or use technology regularly within your role

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How do I apply for the Shuri Digital Fellowship?

Cohort 4 of the Fellowship has now closed for applications.

When was the application deadline?

The deadline was Tuesday 25th June 2024 at 5pm.

When will I be notified of a decision?

We aim to notify all applicants of the outcome by w/c 5th August 2024.

When will the Fellowship commence?

The programme will run from September 2024 to May 2025. Coaching sessions are agreed between the Fellow and their coach and occur every 4 – 6 weeks on average. Pleas note that any missed sessions or later attendance at the coaching sessions are not replaceable, so Fellows need to plan ahead and create the time for the sessions in order to benefit from the programme.

If I am unsuccessful will I be told why?

Due to the very large number of applications, unfortunately we will not be able to provide detailed feedback to unsuccessful applicants.