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City academic launches new health podcast

The Health Flash delivers topical news stories for staff and students

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

An academic from the School of Health Sciences has launched a new fortnightly health-related podcast.

Communicating the latest health news to staff and students, The Health Flash was started by Rosa Benato, a Senior Lecturer in Education Development and LEaD Fellow. The podcast aims to help deliver relevant research on issues such as life expectancy, carcinogenic foods, care of older people and other stories related to expertise present within the School in an easy and accessible way.

Speaking about the podcast, Rosa said:

“I came up with the idea of a podcast which summarised the recent health-related news for students and staff after I found myself reading very relevant articles from the day’s newspaper to students during a number of sessions earlier this year.

“It feels like the evidence base is changing faster than we are able to keep up with it as students and teachers, and I thought about how students and my academic colleagues could be easily updated and early one morning while walking to the office it suddenly struck me that a podcast could be a good and easy way to do this. Since then I have been looking for and keeping health-related stories, putting them into themes where feasible and I recently recorded and uploaded my first episode. It’s called The Health Flash and can be found on Soundcloud.”

Future episodes of The Health Flash will feature special guests to comment on some of the news stories and also relate them to the School of Health Sciences staff and students.

“I feel the podcast fits in well with my work in a number of ways”, says Rosa. “Firstly, in terms of my teaching, much of which is concerned with public health, health promotion and commissioning as well as the integration of health and social care. It’s important to keep up to date and ensure my students receive the most contemporary research evidence in their classes. In terms of my role as a teaching and learning champion, I think it is important to support my colleagues in keeping up to date too. I hope people find the podcast interesting and informative as well as enjoyable: I really don’t want to be presenting a set of dry facts, so keeping it fresh will be a priority.”

Visit SoundCloud to listen to the latest podcast, and you can also follow The Health Flash on Twitter and contact Rosa via thehealthflash@city.ac.uk

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