Benefits of HBA Membership

There are many benefits of becoming a member of the Hospital Broadcasting Association but did you know we also offer Grants & Bursaries; free advice & support as well as affiliate membership to the Radio Academy.

Your membership to the Hospital Broadcasting Association allows you access to the following:



We work with music licensing bodies including PPL and PRS For Music and Ofcom, to ensure representation for all hospital, health and wellbeing broadcasters when it comes to licensing. 



Grants and Bursaries

Our grants programme allows our member-organisations to apply for funding to help with purchase new equipment or refurbish entire studios, or other projects which require capital investment. In addition, we offer bursaries to first-time delegates of our Annual Conference, allowing new talent to benefit from our networking opportunities and training content. 




We frequently provide feedback on Government consultations on behalf of our member stations, and work with key stakeholders including the NHS and Government bodies, championing hospital, health and wellbeing broadcasting at national level.



Free Advice & Support

Our experienced specialist advisors are on hand to help on a wide variety of topics ranging from charity law & governance, technical support, programming and fundraising.



HBA Spotlight Newsletters

We issue a monthly Members' Newsletter, keeping our member organisations and their volunteers abreast of the latest news and developments from the Hospital Broadcasting Association, the charity/fundraising sector and the radio/broadcast industry.  



Networking Opportunities

We provide facilitated platforms, including our HBA Community Group, and Monthly Zoom Networking events, allowing the volunteers of our member-organisations to network, share knowledge, experience and best practice. We also invite specific individuals or groups to participate and upskill volunteers from across hospital, health and wellbeing broadcasting.


Radio Academy Membership

We've teamed up with the Radio Academy to offer you the chance to attend regional and national radio industry events. Radio Academy membership is free for volunteers of HBA Member stations who have signed up to the HBA Website.



Annual Conference

Our Annual Conference provides you with a weekend of networking and learning. Held annually across the UK, it's your opportunity to meet with likeminded individuals and share your passion for hospital broadcasting and learn new skills and techniques in our seminars. With special guests often lined up to share their experiences and a trade show full of freebies, it's a weekend you can't afford to miss.



The National Hospital Radio Awards

Held on the Saturday night of our Annual Conference, the National Hospital Radio Awards showcase the very best talent from our member stations and celebrates the hard work of all volunteers in the sector. This industry-recognised event also allows volunteers and stations to gain excellent publicity, both locally and nationally.



Training & Resources

We provide a wide variety of guidance, resources and templates around charity governance and management, programming, broadcasting and technical issues, helping to address some of the collective challenges that our member organisations face. 



Shared Programming

Our shared programming database contains a variety of radio programmes produced by third party / external presenters who kindly distribute their broadcasts to our members. Many of the shared programmes are available to download free of charge and entertain, inform or educate listeners, often with a health or wellbeing focus. 


Full Station or Associate Membership

Membership of the Hospital Broadcasting Association is open to any hospital broadcasting organisation in the UK; to any individual who is involved in, or has an interest in, hospital broadcasting; and to any organisation which wishes to support the Association and hospital broadcasting in the UK in general.

For questions or issues relating to current or potential members of the Hospital Broadcasting Association, please contact our Membership Manager.