Silver award recognises HCT’s contribution to innovative teen health education podcasts: “Health Uncovered”

Posted: October 26 2018

Silver award recognises HCT’s contribution to innovative teen health education podcasts: “Health Uncovered”

“Health Uncovered” is a series of innovative podcasts free to UK teenagers, helping them engage on important health issues such as bullying and sexual health. The initiative won a silver award in the Best Podcasts category, at ARIAS, the UK’s premier audio and radio industry awards ceremony, held at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 18 October 2018. HCT School Nurses and local students helped contribute to two out of a total of ten episodes of these teenage health podcasts. They were produced by the production team “This is Distorted’, which visited five other school nurse teams from other NHS trusts to record the podcasts.

Three of HCT’s school nursing professionals specialising in young people’s healthcare were at the ceremony to receive the accolade (see photo). They rubbed shoulders with many familiar household names like radio DJ Chris Evans and many more.

Photograph shows, from left to right: Alice Maggs,School Health Nurse, HCT, Suki Dossett,Community Staff Nurse,School Nursing, HCT, Nancy Campen, School Nurse, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, Lynda Edwards, Clinical Lead,School Nursing, HCT, Catherine Henery,School Nurse, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, and Sarah Archibald, School Nurse,Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust. This photo includes the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (based in Norfolk) School Nurses who also attended the awards ceremony and produced two episodes.

The series of podcasts produced was launched earlier this year, presented by the star from Cold Feet and Radio 1 presenter Cel Spellman and included young people and healthcare professionals. Two episodes were recorded on sexual health and bullying with six students at The John Warner School, Hoddesdon plus input from the School Nurse team at HCT. The free podcasts are specifically aimed at secondary school students.

First place in this category went to the “Griefcast”, where comedians talk about death and grief. Like all the themes featured in Health Uncovered, these podcasts help to open up difficult and sensitive subjects making them more accessible to young people.

These podcasts are another example of how HCT constantly tries innovative ways to help and engage with young people in our community. To search for “Health Uncovered” podcasts go to iTunes or click on the following links:

· Sexual Health
· Bullying

If you are not on iTunes, you can still listen to the podcasts for free here - along with more “Health Uncovered” episodes contributed by other trusts:

· Sexual Health
· Bullying

Please rate and review the podcasts and share them with your friends.


Congratulations to everyone involved!

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