Shuri Network Bursary Programme

Shuri Network Bursary

The Shuri Network is the first NHS and care network for women from ethnic minorities in digital health and data. We are committed to promoting difference and diversity in digital health, challenging the system to take action and supporting our members to succeed in their careers with the support of allies including the Digital Health network.

Following the incredible success of the joint venture involving The Shuri Network and the Digital Health team which has enabled women from minority ethnic groups to attend the Digital Health Summer Schools over the past two years, we are pleased to announce the return of the initiative for 2024. A further 20 women from minority ethnic groups who are members of the Network will be provided with a bursary to cover the cost of Summer Schools 2024, which will take place in Durham this year.

The programme is open to women from minority ethnic groups UK-wide and will include:

  • A place at the Digital Health Summer Schools which includes two-days access to the event, on site accommodation, and an evening social..
  • A reception evening on 17 July 2024 (Summer Schools pre-event).
  • Dedicated sessions at Summer Schools 18-19 July 2024 led by the Shuri Network team.

Successful bursary holders

Our successful bursary holders for 2024 are:

  • Antoinette Cuffy, Digital Change Health Practitioner/Midwife, The Princess Alexandra Trust
  • Parul Karia, GP, CCIO primary care, LMC Medical Director, Beds & Herts LMC, Baldwins Lane Surgery and HWE ICB
  • Teena Chowdhury, Deputy Director, Care Quality Improvement Directorate, Royal College of Physicians
  • Lynda Attoh, Deputy Informatics Officer – Nursing, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Rekha McGurn, Senior Project Manager, NHS England
  • Sejal Mistry, Clinical Service Improvement Manager (Digital Medicine Department), Specialist Optometrist, Clinical Leadership Module Lead (UCL), Moorfields Eye Hospital
  • Hira Rana, Digital Transformation Project Manager, Moorfields Eye Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Adeyinka Sadiku, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Oxleas
  • Amrit Sehmi, Digital transformation project manager / Orthoptist, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust
  • Enitan Taiwo, Midwife, NHS
  • Rumiko Yonezawa, Associate Director of BI and Analytics, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Bola Olujinmi, Advanced Patient Systems Officer, North Middlesex University Hospital
  • Carla Aboagye, Adult student nurse/HCSW, North Staffordshire Combined NHS Trust
  • Tanzila Khan, Lead Digital Pharmacist,Bradford District Care Trust
  • Oluwaseun (Olu) Ogunbuyide, Programme Manager, NHS England
  • Chipo Munyoro, Digital Nurse, Healthcare
  • Andraya Catlyn, Digital Care Coordinator, NHS SWL ICB
  • Mena Kumari, Senior Digital Nurse, George Eliot Hospital
  • Sima Patel, Senior Project Manager, NHS England
  • Shilpi Sinha, Senior Business Analyst, NHS England

Entry Criteria

To apply 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 & Digital Health Networks
  • Currently work in the field of digital health and social care or use technology in your daily work within health and social care
  • Work for the NHS, public sector, non-for-profit or third sector providers, in charitable sectors, or as an academic or researcher.
  • Have not been awarded a bursary to attend Summer Schools in previous years
  • Preference will be given to those who have not attended Summer Schools before

Benefits of the Bursary Programme

The bursary programme provides you with:

  • Exposure to and an opportunity to network with, senior leaders in digital health, both at the event and thereafter
  • Access to CPD accredited learning and educational content across the duration of the event
  • An opportunity to meet and network with our CCIO, CIO & CNIO Advisory Panel and ICS Digital Council members, who are the voice of their respective communities
  • Peer to peer learning within your bursary group
  • Speaker and chairing opportunities at future Digital Health events

If you would like further information about the bursary programme please email

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for the bursary?
This bursary scheme is now closed.

How will the bursary be applied?
On receiving news that you have been successful for a bursary, you will be provided additional information including how the bursary will be applied for you to obtain an FOC ticket for Digital Health Summer Schools.

When will I be notified of the decision?
We aim to notify all applicants of the outcome of the bursary application w/c 13 May 2024.

What if I am awarded a bursary and am unable to attend?
If you are unable to attend, you must notify the Shuri Network and the Digital Health team ASAP as we can provide this to someone else who applied for a place. Your place can be deferred to the next year. If you do not attend and do not notify us you will be liable for a £100 charge to cover admin costs.

Network Sponsors

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Health CIO Network

CNIO Network

ICS Digital Council

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