Shuri Network 

As the first NHS and care network of BAME women in digital health, The Shuri Network is committed to increasing safety, promoting difference and diversity in digital health, challenging the system to take action and supporting BAME women to succeed in their careers.

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics aims to support, mobilise and act as an advocate for clinical informaticians in order to ensure safe, effective and efficient health and social care to the public.  The Faculty recognises the vital role of promoting equality and diversity in order to attract clinical informaticians from all backgrounds.

Given the synergy in goals, The Shuri Network and the Faculty of Clinical Informatics  are pleased to announce a second joint venture to encourage and facilitate BAME women in applying to the Faculty of Clinical Informatics. The Shuri Network will provide 20 members and 10 student members with a bursary to cover the cost of a year’s membership of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics. To join the Shuri Network, click here


Bursaries Awarded in 2020

to 25 Shuri Fellows to join the Faculty of Clinical Informatics 

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Shuri Network Members

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Yinka Makinde

Yinka Makinde is a qualified pharmacist who leads Digital Growth and Innovation at NHSX delivering vital digital interventions to front line NHS staff and patients, that facilitate Remote Care.  She previously led DigitalHealth.London, a public-private partnership between the NHS, industry and investors, connecting validated digital health innovations with NHS need and equity investment.  In 2019 Yinka ranked in the Financial Times Top 100 BAME Influential Tech Leaders.

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Ijeoma Azodo

Dr. Ijeoma A. Azodo is a surgeon, health services researcher, digital transformation strategist and coach. Her work focuses on improving the processes and experience of patient care for healthcare professionals using digital information technology.  Dr. Azodo is Associate Director of Clinical and Health Service Design at NHS Education for Scotland’s National Digital Service and leads the Surgical Sciences, MSc (online) Communications module (University of Edinburgh).

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Rafiah Patel

Rafiah Patel is Speech and Language Therapist at St George’s University Trust and a National Institute of Health Research clinical doctoral research fellow based at City University of London.  Her PhD explores the role of user co-design in digital therapy.  Rafiah was a 2018 NHS Digital Pioneer Fellow and is due to start a research fellowship at The Alan Turing Institute in January 2021.

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Ayesha Rahim

Ayesha Rahim, is a Consultant Psychiatrist, Deputy Medical Director and Chief Clinical Information Officer at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.  Her clinical interests are in General Adult psychiatry, Liaison Psychiatry and Perinatal Mental Health with a focus on how technology can help services deliver safer and higher quality care that is fit for the 21st Century.