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Speakers at the Shuri Network launch July 2019 with Matthew Gould

Happy New Year from the Shuri Network!

Thank you for joining our network and for being part of one of the most exciting developments in digital health in 2019. Following our launch at the Digital Health Summer School in July, our membership has soared to over 500 members across the country. Our allies include Matthew Gould and Simon Eccles from NHSX, Professor Joe McDonald, from the Great North Care Record, Cedi Frederick, Chair of North Middlesex University NHS Trust, Paul Rice and Eddie Olla from NHSE/I, Sam Shah, Financial Times 4th most influential BAME tech leader 2019, Indi Singh from PA Consulting, Professor Shafi Ahmed from Barts Health and many more!  
We've raised the importance of diversity in digital health and technology by speaking at events including the NHS Expo, Healthcare Excellence through Technology (HETT), Black History month events, the London Leadership Academy, Faculty of Clinical Informatics, Digital Health London Pioneers showcase and the London CIO Council. ​


Highlights of 2019

Our launch at the Digital Health Summer School in July had a powerful effect on our audience of several hundred senior digital leaders across the NHS and social care. 
  • "Highlight of an amazing morning was the Shuri Network panel, challenging us to do better on diversity and reminding us why we will be better if we did." Matthew Gould
  • "The launch of the Shuri Network is something that will stay with me forever. I've joined and encourage others to do the same. Shuri family - I will support and empower you and the movement wherever I can." 
  • "In future, this will be the health informatics equivalent of 'I was at the Sex Pistols first gig'."

Our inspiring co-founder,
Sarah Amani won the inaugural BAME Health and Care Digital Champion Award for her contribution to pushing the boundaries of technology and leadership in the NHS.

In August we had a fantastic time recording
a podcast about the birth of the network, how lonely it can be when you're in a minority and why networks can make a big difference, with Andrea Downey from Digital Health, Professor Joe McDonald, Ayesha Rahim and the co-founders of the network, Shera Chok and Sarah Amani.


In October Barts Health hosted our first ever Network meeting at Whitechapel, London. We heard from  fantastic leaders including Sarah Jensen and Charles Gutteridge, CIO and CCIO at Barts Health, Yinka Makinde from Digital Health London, Prof Raliat Onatade, Veronica Lee and Tigist Teferi from Barts Health, Rafiah Badat from St George's Hospital, Ronke Adejolu from NHSX, James Freed from Health Education England and Indi Singh from PA Consulting.   

Feedback from our audience made all the hard work worthwhile! 
  • "An amazing and powerful afternoon of challenges, bravery and sheer determination to make a positive difference."
  • "The closing panel was the most diverse panel I have ever seen ! Let us continue to collaborate as allies to effect sustainable change."
We also produced a webinar for people applying for the NHS Digital Academy with Sarah Amani, Ayesha Rahim, Zainab Hussain and Sonia Patel.

The society for innovation, technology and modernisation (SOCITM) asked us to contribute to their
policy briefing on promoting women in the digital workplace along with Microsoft and Enfield Council, to discuss what we can do to achieve better outcomes by seeking voices from diverse backgrounds and upskilling public sector employees at all levels to be up to the task: 
We've got an incredibly exciting year ahead, with a series of dates for your 2020 diary! 
Please share this and encourage everyone to become network members, so we can work together to make sure our leadership community fully reflects the diversity of the NHS workforce.
As James Freed, CIO, Health Education England said, "The people we identify with as colleagues in digital health are disproportionately white, male and middle-aged. Networks, such as Shuri and One HealthTech, have built up to recognise and combat this, speeding up the trend towards a more diverse workforce, resulting in a better ability to meet our diverse users’ needs." 
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all our friends, allies and members, and in particular Jon Hoeksma and his team at Digital Health for helping us create one of the most memorable launch events ever and the NHS Building a Digital Ready Workforce programme (BDRW) for their tremendous support. Have a wonderful 2020!
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Developing your leadership career

Are you an current or aspiring NHS director ? Would you like to take the next step in your NHS leadership career? Apply for Aspire Together: London Regional Talent Board (NHS Leadership Academy)
The NHS Leadership Academy is seeking applications for its Regional Talent Boards to create a diverse pool of senior leaders. Nominations are invited for existing and aspirant directors to join the Aspire Together: London Talent Pool and they are especially keen to open these opportunities to women, BAME, LGBTQ+ and disabled candidates. 
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