NHS Digital employs around 3,500 people across England. It is aiming for 19% of its staff to be black, Asian or from ethnic minority groups by 2025.
As it celebrates its second birthday, the Shuri Network has issued a call of action to its allies to help over the next 12 months.
Fifty women from Coding Black Females will be offered a membership of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, each year under a new bursary agreement.
Speaking at Connect 2020 Sonia Patel said diversity had to be at the core of the service offered to patients in order to reduce health inequalities.
Shuri Network co-founder, Dr Shera Chok, said it was “not clear” why a trial of the app in an ethnically diverse area was not done from the start.
The funding is for ideas that address the vulnerability of BAME groups to Covid-19, or emerging social economic and cultural impacts of the pandemic.
One of the founders of the Shuri Network has said the organisation has taken off in a way she “couldn’t ever have imagined”.
The associate director of digital transformation at The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS FT has said the Covid-19 pandemic has “brought about the need for change”.
The Shuri Network called for a “stronger focus” from leaders to address inequalities following anaylsis that revealed disproportionate BAME deaths.
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Speaking ahead of Rewired 2020, techUK president Jacqueline de Rojas discusses the importance of inclusion in all forms in driving technology forward.