Humans of Healthcare

Humans of Healthcare is a podcast show for University of Leeds students and senior staff in healthcare to talk about the challenges they have encountered and how they have dealt with them. The aim of this is to highlight that all of us can have challenges throughout our life and it is normal. In healthcare there is no need to hide these issues and it is good to talk about them with colleagues, friends and professionals if required. Through this we hope to dispel the myth that students and senior staff in healthcare settings have to be super heroes, and that like everyone else they need to look after their physical and mental health.

About the hosts

Amelia Websdale

Amelia Websdale

Amelia is a second year Medical Sciences student at the University of Leeds. She works as a Clinical Support Worker and volunteer within the cardiology and paediatric departments at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals. She has also spent time shadowing the cardiology and congenital cardiac surgery teams  at the Leeds General Infirmary.

As well as the Humans of Healthcare podcast, she has also recorded podcasts for the Wharfedale, Airedale and Craven GP association and is currently involved in writing articles for Heart Research UK and the British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. Amelia plans on pursuing a medical degree and specialising in congenital cardiology.

Outside of university, Amelia enjoys competing in triathlons, hockey, rowing and playing the cello.

Joe Thompson

Joe Thompson

Joe is an Academic FY2 junior doctor working at St James’s Hospital, Leeds. He studied Clinical Sciences at the University of Bradford and went on to study Graduate-Entry Medicine at the University of Birmingham graduating in 2019.  

Alongside his clinical work, Joe has a range of academic interests including neuroscience and critical care medicine. Joe is also passionate about teaching and has previously established and run a mentoring scheme involving 100 medical students.   

Outside of work Joe enjoys: drinking tea, the turbulence associated with supporting Leeds United, cycling and has started to play golf (badly). 

Stephanie Akpan

Stephanie is a second year medical student at the University of Leeds post-completion of the Foundation Year in ClinicalSciences/Medicine at the University of Bradford.

An avid interest in the overlap between Medicine, literature and the Media led to her interest In joining the Humans of Healthcare Podcast as a host. Alongside this, she holds the position of Chief Editor at the University of Leeds’ Medical School Newspaper called ‘The Worsley Times.’ To add to that, Stephanie is also Co-President of the Christian Medical Fellowship at the University of Leeds.

Due to her unorthodox route to Medicine, Stephanie has interests in Widening access to Medical School and volunteers as an ambassador for the Medical School.

Further areas of interest include Global Health and Mental Health and she endeavours to develop these further through her medical school career.

In her spare time, Stephanie is an avid reader, enjoys singing and playing sports.

How do I listen?

Open the Apple podcast app or download a podcast app through the Google Play Store, then search ‘Humans of Healthcare’ and subscribe to the channel for free!

Make sure to like and subscribe to the channel to receive the latest episodes. Each time a new episode is out, the app will either send a notification to your device, or you can set up your app to download each new episode as soon as it is released. 

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time to Humans of Healthcare. Humans of Healthcare has developed into a very worthwhile initiative, and is benefiting many listeners around the world!


Listeners affected by the discussions on the podcasts are advised to visit the University of Leeds wellbeing and support area or GP for further support. Alternatively you can email our student support team 

Please be aware that ‘Humans of Healthcare’ is not a substitute for professional counselling support. ‘Humans of Healthcare’ may give information or guidance that could bring about positive change.  

As well as finding further support on the University of Leeds wellbeing and support area, here are some commonly used apps and online resources used by students in the School of Medicine.

Contact us

We are looking to get more people involved on the show to talk about their experiences. If you would like to be a guest on the show, please submit bullet point key messages of your story to

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