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 third 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). 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/thompjoeson/ 

Florence Kinder

Florence is a final year medical student at the University of Leeds. She began her journey with Humans of Healthcare, recording a podcast reflecting on her time working in A&E during Covid. She is passionate about humanitarian work and Inclusion Health and hopes to combine this with a career in Emergency Medicine.  

Alongside her studies, she volunteers for a charity providing healthcare for detainees in the Philippines as well as leading the North East, NHS Social Prescribing scheme. She’s also interested in academic medicine and research and has published several papers during her time at Leeds. 

In her spare time, she enjoys writing and getting outside and exploring new places! She can frequently be found at a Saturday morning ParkRun! 

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! You can click on the following icons to access all our tracks through a desktop browser too:

 

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. 

Disclaimer

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 humansofhealthcare@leeds.ac.uk. 

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.

Want to be involved?

We are looking to get more people involved on the show to talk about their experiences. As well as the traditional style interviews exploring a broad range of guest stories with our podcast hosts, we also create one off series themes and have the option of solo reflective rambles. We are currently looking for contributions for the traditional style interviews, and ‘Arts for Wellbeing’ one off series.

If you would like to be a guest on the show, please submit bullet point key messages of your story, and preference of either an interview or a solo reflective ramble to humansofhealthcare@leeds.ac.uk.

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!

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FAQs

1. How do I host a podcast?

Humans of Healthcare uses Soundcloud Unlimited Pro to host our podcasts. When we were deciding where to host recordings, we needed a platform that would send the audio tracks to podcast apps to be available publicly, provide us with usage stats, unlimited upload time and allow us to schedule releases.

The podcasts are sent out to all popular podcast apps (Soundcloud, Stitcher, Apple Podcast and Spotify) through an RSS feed. We decided to make the podcasts open source to reach more people outside of the MBChB course. So not only our medical students can listen, but other University of Leeds courses, medical schools, educators and healthcare staff across the world.

We receive our usage stats from SoundCloud Pro, we cannot identify who has listened to this but we can see…

  • Top played tracks
  • Numbers of listeners (per day/week/month/all time)
  • Location of listeners
  • Downloads
    • We do not put attention on this as people tend not to download podcasts due to memory allowance on mobile phones.

There are many ways to set up a podcast, and how Humans of Healthcare did this might not be the most suitable way for you. Deciding where you would like recordings hosted depends on:

  1. Is the audience for University of Leeds students only? Or would you like these public?
  2. How would you like people to access these tracks? Website or app etc.
  3. How many people will be sending recordings? Is this a one off series or an ongoing podcast?
  4. How long will the tracks be? How much storage space do you need?
  5. Would you need to see usage stats?

2. How do I make a solo recording?

If you are recording a solo “Reflective Ramble”, then all you need is to use the voice recorder app on your phone to record yourself. On IOS devices the app is called ‘Voice Memos’ and for more details on how to use it check out this link – https://www.imore.com/voice-memos

Android devices don’t always have a sound recorder app installed, so you may need to go to the Play Store and search ‘Voice Recorder’. Here is a link with some more detailed instructions if you need them – https://forums.tomsguide.com/faq/how-to-use-an-android-phone-as-a-recorder.23011/

Things to make sure of before recording

  • Make sure you are in a quiet space with as little background noise as possible.
  • Avoid overly reverberant spaces with lots of hard surfaces. If you are unsure, clap your hands, and see if there is a loud echo. Bedrooms are generally ideal.
  • If you recording outside make sure you are sheltered from the wind, air blowing across the microphone can be very loud even if it doesn’t seem loud to your ears.
  • Do a test – record yourself for 20 seconds and listen back. Make sure when you do your test you are talking as loudly as you will when you do you recording.
  • Pick your best microphone. Most of us have a microphone in our headphones as well in one on our phone. If you only have the headphones that came with your phone, then usually it is best to use the microphone on your phone, but if you have some fancy headphones such as ‘Airpods’ then you might want to experiment. If you are unsure, simply remove or disconnect any headphones you have attached. If using your phone microphone, hold it about 15 – 20cm away from your mouth.

3. How do I record an interview?

To record a conversation we recommend using the website www.zencastr.com, although it is also great for recording solo on your computer.

Zencastr is only for recording on your computer, it will not work on your phone or tablet. It also requires you to use Google Chrome for your browser, although it will also work with Firefox. Do not use Internet Explorer, Edge or Safari.

The person hosting the podcast will need to set up a free account by clicking the ‘Start Recording Today’ button in the middle of the screen. Guests do not need to make an account.

Once the host has set up the account, simply press the ‘Create New Episode’ button, and give your episode a title.

This will take you to the recording screen. Next press the ‘Invite’ button to send a link to you guest(s).

When your guest(s) click on the link they will be taken to the recording page. When they get there they will need to bookmark the page which will give Zencastr the appropriate permissions to record.

Zencastr will run a ‘Health check’ on each of the participants to make sure everything is set up correctly. When it says ‘Health check passed – Ready to record’ you are good to go. If it says ‘Warning’ click the warning to see what needs adjusting. The website will record locally on each person’s device so make sure you have at least 5GB of free storage on your computer.

Remember to press the ‘Start Recording’ button in the top left of the screen.

When you have finished there will be an individual file for each participant; download them all and send them to humansofhealthcare@leeds.ac.uk to be edited, moderated and uploaded. You can send them via Google Drive, WeTransfer, OneDrive, Dropbox, iCloud Drive, whichever you are most familiar with.

As with the solo recording, please include notes on anything you wish to be edited out of the show.

4. Why does Humans of Healthcare have a moderation process?

Initially we ask podcast guests to send through bullet point messages of the key points they would like to share. These points are shared with not only the podcast host to help them prepare for the interview, but also to our team who can provide additional signposting if there is a particular subject matter that could affect our listeners. Any additional signposting is prepared as a script by our team and sent to the podcast host to record and include in the episode credits. Also the recordings are moderated in case there is any content that may jeopardise the guest/hosts career, and to ensure the guest is in the best place when sharing their experiences so that the episode won’t disrupt their journey with overcoming any personal challenges they’ve had.