Hospital Broadcasting Association

The Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA) supports the 210 or so independent hospital broadcasting organisations serving hospitals, hospices and nursing homes in the UK. The vast majority of these organisations provide hospital radio services through a variety of broadcast medium as well as a few hospital television services.

Hospital Broadcasting Association
Formation24 September 1992
TypeTrade association
Legal statusNon-profit company (No. 2750147) and registered charity (no. 1015501)
PurposeHospital radio in the UK
Region served
Over 210 hospital radio stations delivering entertainment and information to over 450 UK hospitals
Grant McNaughton
Main organ
Executive Committee

HBA's patron is the former Head of Presentation at BBC Radio 2, Alan Dedicoat, who before joining the BBC started his radio life in the hospital radio "trade".


Advice and guidanceEdit

HBA provides advice and guidance to the management of the stations on all aspects of running a hospital broadcasting organisation. This is available via its website, its members' magazine, at national conferences, regional events and in response to specific enquiries. This expertise is vital to the stations, as many of a station's members will not have had previous experience in either broadcasting, running or managing an organisation.

The HBA also provides regular training events for those involved with the associations member stations; attracting guest speakers who have a wealth of professional experience in radio broadcasting and interview techniques, radio technology or the finer points of computer based broadcasting software. In addition HBA offers training and support on numerous administration elements of managing a charity. [1]

National representationEdit

HBA represents hospital broadcasting at a national level, engaging with appropriate national organisations such as:

National Hospital Radio AwardsEdit

The HBA stages the National Hospital Radio Awards annually to encourage volunteers to produce better programmes, recognising volunteers within the HBA and its member stations that deserve recognition for going the extra mile in their work. The awards are presented at the HBA Annual National Conference held in the Spring of each year. [2] for association members and the general public to see in full.


National Hospital Radio Awards 2022.

Presented: 29 August 2022 online.[3][4]
Station of the Year
  • Gold: Radio Ysbyty Gwynedd
  • Silver: Radio Tyneside
  • Bronze: Radio Brockley
Best Male Presenter Best Female Presenter
  • Gold: Jo Hobbis
  • Silver: Adelle Davies
  • Bronze: Vicky Pinder
Best Speech Package Best Special Event
  • Gold: Radio Brockley
  • Silver: Bath Radio
  • Bronze: Radio Tyneside
  • Gold: The Hospital Broadcasting Service
  • Silver: Winchester Radio
  • Bronze: Radio Glamorgan
Best Newcomer Best Specialist Music Programme
  • Gold: Hannah Gilchrist
  • Silver: Tiz Harris
  • Bronze: Claire Cummins
  • Gold: HWD Hospital Radio
  • Silver: Hospital Radio Plymouth
  • Bronze: The Hospital Broadcasting Service
Best Programme with Multiple Presenters Best Station Promotion
  • Gold: The Heff & Beth Show - Hospital Radio Medway
  • Silver: Steve & Jen Unplanned -Arrowe Sound
  • Bronze: Daniel & Mark's LGBT Pride Hours - Harrogate Hospital Radio
  • Gold: Radio Glamorgan
  • Silver: Southend Hospital Radio
  • Bronze: Harrogate Hospital Radio
Recognising Innovation Across Hospital Radio The John Whitney Outstanding Contribution Award
  • Gold: Radio Hillingdon
  • Gold: Paul Blitz


Legal statusEdit

The HBA is a company limited by guarantee (number 2750147) and is registered as a charity (number 1015501) with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Its official name is the National Association of Hospital Broadcasting Organisations, but adopted Hospital Broadcasting Association as its working name in the 1990s.


  • Anglia
  • Home Counties
  • London
  • Midlands
  • North
  • North West
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • South
  • South East
  • Wales & West
  • Yorkshire


  1. ^ "Training Network". Hospital Broadcasting Association. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  2. ^ "National Hospital Radio Awards 2012". Hospital Broadcasting Association. Archived from the original on 12 December 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  3. ^ "National Hospital Radio Award Winners 2022 | Hospital Broadcasting Association". Retrieved 10 October 2022.
  4. ^ "Winners announced for the National Hospital Radio Awards 2022". RadioToday. 30 August 2022. Retrieved 10 October 2022.
  5. ^ "22 year-old Bridgend Hospital Radio DJ wins national award". Swansea Bay News. 30 August 2022. Retrieved 23 November 2022.

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