Aims & Principles

The Hospital Broadcasting Association aims to provide relief from the effects of sickness, infirmity and old age through Hospital Broadcasting and allied services by:

  • Encouraging, Promoting and Assisting the Formation of New Organisations

There are many hospitals, both NHS and privately run, where patients have minimal access to any form of entertainment to help them to relax. 

  • Providing Means for the Exchange of Ideas and Information

  • Facilitating Liaison, Co-operation and Co-ordination of Effort Between Organisations

The Hospital Broadcasting Association assists the local independent hospital radio and television stations by encouraging volunteers to join us at regional and national events as well as collaborate online.

Each year the HBA invites it's members to join them at a different location around the country at the HBA National Conference where alongside the propsect of networking and discussing the subjects of the day over a coffee; the HBA also provides a range of seminars and discussion panels, holds it's Annual General Meeting and celebrates the best in hospital radio production at the National Hospital Radio Awards.

'Members have access to a network of subject matter experts, the Hospital Broadcasting Association is pleased to offer guidance wherever possible, although we are not usually involved in the internal affairs of our member stations.

We also have the new online facilities provided by our re-launched website where members are able to access resources and a web forum to both learn and discuss 24 hours a day. This facility is available to all volunteers of our member stations when they sign up for an account and are verified by our stations as a bona-fide member.

  • Negotiating with Other Organisations at National and Regional Levels

No small charity finds it easy to go it alone, so the Hospital Broadcasting Association liaises with with many organisations on behalf of our members. We have a good relationship with many of the companies that often go unnoticed when you listen to a hospital radio broadcast such the hardware and software suppliers, many of whom are avid supporters of the hospital radio community. The Association also liaises and negotiates with organisations such as OFCOM, the Charity Commission and Government on behalf of member stations on issues that affect them all.

  • Explaining, Publicising and Promoting the Service to All Sections of the Community

By empowering our members to better promote their own radio services, the HBA encourages the promotion of hospital radio on a more general basis. 

  • Promoting the Highest Technical and Artistic Standards

Through regular training events and seminars at our National Conference, the HBA encourages our members to push themselves to be the best that they can be. This is not just in terms of how to talk behind a microphone, but also the benefits and management of ward visiting, publicity and marketing and the management of both radio stations and registered charities.

Each year at the National Hospital Radio Awards we find the standard of the entries from stations across the United Kingdom to get better and better; the HBA and it's member stations not only provide the ability to do it, but provide the equipment and support to make of those entrants push themselves to be better. 

  • Providing Guidelines and a Code of Conduct for All Members to Strive to Comply With

The Hospital Broadcasting Association understands that not all of our members have the professional expertise to have all the answers to all the regulatory questions. Through online resources and liaising with regulators at a national level the HBA provides a range of standardised documents and guidelines for it's members to adopt and adapt to serve their needs.

Over recent years we have seen many of our member stations make the transition from being wholly in-hospital broadcasters to taking the health messages to the local community. We have worked with the Charity Commission to agree the benefits of community based hospital radio stations and ensure that those member who want to make that change can do so.

  • Establishing International Co-operation

Hospital Radio may be something that is hugely popular with volunteers in the UK, but there are other parts of the world where there is interest including Australia, the US, Zimbabwe and Japan. 

The Hospital Broadcasting Association stirves to reach out to other hospital broadcasting services internationally.