Dr Shera Chok is a GP and the Medical Director for the Tower Hamlets GP Federation. She has also been the Chief Clinical Information Officer at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, the Director of Primary Care at Barts Health, and Medical Director for NHS Lambeth. Shera is also a member of the national Independent Reconfiguration Panel, which advises ministers on NHS redesign programmes, and the Sciana Network, sponsored by the Health Foundation, to share innovation across European countries.
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What an incredible week ! We celebrated our launch on the 18thof July at the Digital Health Summer School in Leeds and are still buzzing from the surge of positive energy it has generated. Our incredible panel members, Sarah Amani, Laura Serrant, Ijeoma Azodo, Sonia Patel, Heather Caudle and Shera Chok created history by being the first all-female, all BAME panel in the Summer School’s history and by getting 500 IT leaders to do the Wakanda salute.
The panel shared their experience as women of colour in digital health and why having a diverse approach to finding solutions to health challenges is a political imperative and critical for safe patient care.
Matthew Gould, the new Chief Executive of NHSX said,
“It’s brilliant to be in Leeds with 500 committed, excited, positive new friends. 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.”
Other comments included
“The power and the passion will stay with me forever. This is the first time I’ve seen an audience of 500 totally riveted and your talks moved everyone I spoke to. Love the logo, love the name, love the spirit – Go Shuri!”
Simon Eccles said
“You could hear a pin drop as Prof Laura Serrant explained how inclusion is a vital patient safety issue. One of six utterly inspiring speeches!”
This is the first step on our journey and we’d love you to join us. You don’t have to be a woman, or BAME – just willing to be an ally and support us in helping women of colour feel that they have a place and a voice in the digital health arena. We want them, in turn, to act as champions to inspire the next generation of digital leaders. If we can do it, so can a lot of other women.