HBA Annual Conference 2018: What's on Offer?


This year our HBA Annual Conference and National Hospital Radio Awards will be held at the De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor, from Friday 23rd March to Sunday 25th March 2018. Some of our delegate offerings are listed below and we are pleased to share with you what is on offer so far. Following your feedback from last year, we will also be utilising our online booking for station visits as this will allow you to plan your weekend around our seminars, entertainment, workshops and time for a good old chin-wag with fellow volunteers, old and new.
As always we offer an exceptional all-inclusive Conference and Awards Package, covering not just your accommodation and meals from your arrival on Friday afternoon through to departure after lunch on Sunday, but also a range of seminars, workshops, tradeshow, entertainment and attendance at our prestegious, formal Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony.
Our venue this year offers exceptional facilities for our conference and our delegates. Delegates can take advantage of free car parking and free wifi across the venue. This luxurious venue allows delegates to make good use of a modern designed, fully equipped gym and swimming pool which are open daily to our delegates throughout conference weekend. The gym offers a range of cardiovascular and resistance training equipment suited to most levels of fitness.
Our Social Media sites, Facebook and Twitter will also carry news and gossip as well as encouraging you to share and celebrate hospital broadcasting - before, during and after our Conference and Awards weekend. Please show your support on by using the hashtag #hbauk2018, share and like our social media posts throughout your weekend to spread the message of hospital broadcasting.



Are you ready for GDPR?

The new General Data Protection Regulations come into force on 25 May 2018.  GDPR will affect the way you collect, handle and use personal data and there are tough penalties if you don’t follow the regulations.  This workshop will help you understand the new rules and what you need to be doing now to prepare and how you can be GDPR compliant.

Mastering Myriad

This seminar will help you better understand – and use – the Myriad playout software.  Run by the team from Broadcast Radio, and with a practical demonstration, you’ll learn about Myriad’s additional features which should enhance your station’s sound and output.  There’ll also be a chance to get advice on specific software issues you may be experiencing.

A presenter masterclass

Peak FM breakfast presenter, and former Bauer and Guardian Media Group programme controller, Ricky Durkin, will offer his top presentation tips for hospital broadcasters.  There will be advice on programme preparation, structuring a show, scheduling the music and the art of a great link.

Programming for programmers

This workshop will help programme controllers master the overall sound of their stations with hints and tips about programme schedules, presenter coaching, the use of audio imaging and promos and trails.  There will also be advice on how to create extra opportunities for audiences to hear your station’s output via podcasts or social media.

The art of the interview

Hospital broadcasting is all about the 1-2-1 relationship with the listener and daily music request shows are the perfect opportunity to speak to the audience and involve them on-air.  This workshop will help you be a better interviewer with advice on how to get the most from your guest, asking the right questions and how to research celebrities or the local personalities who may contribute to your programmes.

Law for presenters and programmers

Many hospital stations can now be heard beyond the wards via the internet or over the air.  If so, the law considers you to be a ‘publisher’ and that means you could end up in deep trouble if one of your presenters – or a guest – drops a clanger on-air.  This workshop will help you keep on the right side of the law avoiding issues like contempt of court or defamation.  You’ll learn from the hapless presenters of ill-equipped station ‘Risky FM’.

The unconference surgery

In this special session we’ll match expertise, skill and experience with a problem or issue that presenters or programmers are facing at their stations.  Think speed-dating for hospital broadcasters.  But, it’s not about finding love, it’s about finding/getting help.  The HBA’s subject experts will be on hand as we attempt to match specific challenges or questions with the people in the room who know the answer or can assist.

It's All About The Voice

The king of the Voice-Over, HBA patron Alan Dedicoat will be offering his top-tips on looking after your voice and getting the best out of it when presenting on air. From voice projection, warm up techniques to life as a professional voice-over artist, all aspects of voice-work will be included in this interactive session.



As with all our Conference's over the many years, we ensure that you have the oportunity to visit some local HBA Member Hospital Radio Stations. This year we are currently working with the following stations who have kindly agreed to open their doors and showcase their stations.

Information on how to book your place on our visit to stations will be issues to all delegates nearer the time. This facility may include trips and visits to other broadcasting organisations.




BOOKINGS HAVE NOW CLOSED for the HBA Annual Conference & National Hospital Radio Awards 2018.