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Health Has Got Talent event rewards educational excellence

School of Health Sciences event demonstrates excellence and innovation in teaching


The School of Health Sciences held its fifth annual 'Health Has Got Talent' event towards the end of June to promote excellence in education within the School.

Staff were asked to submit a project or innovation that they thought was worthy of recognition. Presenting their idea to an audience of their peers from across the School at an event in the Rhind Building, a panel of three judges – including Professor Stan Newman (School of Health Sciences), Emily Allbon (City Law School) and Dr Jane Seeker (LEaD) - chose the most innovative project with the winner receiving funding to further support its development.

In an extremely high-quality field the winning project was created by Bernard Camilleri, Dr Paul O’Sullivan and Richard Thorne. The project, called ‘Ask the Experts – A Workshop with people who stammer and people who have had laryngectomy for Speech and Language Therapy and Radiotherapy Students’, introduced a clinic for Speech and Language and also Radiotherapy students to meet people with a communications disorders in order to better understand their experiences.

Providing an interdisciplinary learning opportunity for the students, attendees heard from six service users in a two hour sessions, learning more about living with such an impairment as well as reflecting on their own communications style and manner of interacting with service users.

The second placed initiative was a tie between four projects, with the following presentations receiving a silver award:

  • Stop the ***Beeping: Teaching ergonomics using technology (Gill Harrison and Allison Harris) - project explored using an ergometer to improve posture and reduce pain for sonographers
  • Using technology to challenge a negative narrative: the use of blogs to document students' journeys on a ground-breaking course (Julie Attenborough and Janet Hunter) – project discussed how the first cohort of Trainee Nursing Associates are using blogs to document their experiences and learning, while also countering some of the negative publicity and prevailing narratives around the course
  • What is it you do again?’ Learning together about stroke care (Kirsty Harrison, Santanu Vasant and Karen Rawlings-Anderson) – using video narratives the project served as an interprofessional learning package for adult nurses and language therapy students
  • CityVIEW – Helping Ostriches fly (Lorna Saunder and Leona Norris) – used virtual reality to provide students with an immersive experience to hear service users experience as it visually represented four common mental health conditions

Third place was also tied, this time between four projects, with the following receiving a bronze award:

  • School of Health Sciences Film Club (Jacqueline Davies and David Ross) – the project is looking at social issues through film, such as ‘I, Daniel Blake’ and the use of foodbanks, and then discussing them with relevant experts
  • The use of Poll Everywhere to enhance student learning in Radiography (Jayne Morgan) – use of the software enables lecturers to make sessions more interactive and also engaging
  • Closing the Loop: How the Service Users and Carers Advisory Board (SUCAB) drives Person-Centred Education (Adam Al-Kashi and Rosa Benato) – SUCAB ensures that health research and education at City is informed by the lived experiences of people who use health services and those who care for them. It also gives students valuable perspective
  • The service user’s experience: supporting students to provide safe and effective health services for people with severe learning disabilities (Celia Harding, Rosa Benato, Saboohi Bukhari and Stephen Band (the Advocacy Project)) – started in 2006, the project and its service users play an important role in teaching students and helping to develop service user involvement. By sharing real stories and experiences, it not only empowers the service users with learning disabilities, but also helps the next group of health professionals to meet their needs

Speaking about the awards, Dr Rachael-Anne Knight, Associate Dean for Education Technology and Innovation and organiser of the event, said:

“Health Has Got Talent 2017 really demonstrated what a fantastic range of talent we have in the School of Health Sciences, with a strong theme of interdisciplinary collaboration between staff, students and service users evident this year.

“We innovate in this School like nowhere else, and all entrants demonstrated exciting and worthwhile projects with enormous impact on our students and courses. This event showcases healthcare education at its very best with staff using the most up-to-date and imaginative methods in education.”

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