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More opportunities for female ethnic minority healthcare innovators

Date: 11/08/2021 | Category: CCG News

As we go through the two weeks of exam results and people are considering their future careers, the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging ethnic minority women, with an interest in healthcare innovation, to take advantage of opportunities with the Shuri network.

The Shuri Network is a membership network for ethnic minority women in digital health, giving financial and interpersonal support to women within clinical and non-clinical roles, providing various opportunities from fellowships and bursaries to shadowing programmes via digital teaching resources.

In 2021, the Shuri Network boasts a total of up to 1200 members and allies, including clinical and non-clinical staff, students, and senior leadership.

The Shuri Network and the Faculty of Clinical Informatics have launched a scheme where they will provide 20 members and 10 student members a bursary to cover the cost of a year’s membership of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics.

To be eligible for the bursary, you must:

  • be (or identify as) a female and be from a BAME background
  • be a UK resident
  • be a member of the Shuri Network
  • currently work in the field of digital health and social care or use technology in your daily work within health and social care.

To apply go to the Shuri network website.

In another opportunity, the Shuri Network is working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to offer coaching and shadowing to support nurses thrive as digital leaders and innovators.

To be eligible for the nursing fellowship you should fulfil the following criteria:

  • qualified nurse currently working in the NHS
  • band 8a and below
  • registered member of the Shuri Network
  • identify as ethnic minority
  • identify as a woman
  • interested in expanding your digital knowledge in support of career progression
  • currently working within digital health or use technology regularly within your role.

For more information, go to the Shuri network website on fellowships.

Dr Roshan Jayalath, GP and lead of the CCG’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group, said: “The Shuri Network does great work to encourage women from ethnic minority backgrounds to join with others to support digital innovation.

“I’d encourage any woman who is eligible to grab this opportunity with both hands to increase their own skills and in turn, improve the health of people across BLMK and beyond.”