The Hospital Broadcasting Association Announces New Structure As Part of Its Long-Term Vision

The Trustees of the Hospital Broadcasting Association, the organisation representing hospital broadcasting services across the UK, have today:

  • reconfirmed HBA’s mission and aims to support and represent hospital broadcasters across the UK;
  • committed to continuing to deliver the Annual Conference and National Hospital Radio Awards;
  • devised a realistically-staged implementation of a set of deliverables aimed exclusively at hospital broadcasting stations, their volunteers, and supporters; and
  • announced their plans to implement a rationalised organisation structure through which the above will be delivered.

This follows a strategic review facilitated by Julian Lomas from Almond Tree Strategic Consulting, and funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s “Big Assist” programme.

The Trustees have acknowledged that HBA must deliver its core function of supporting and representing hospital broadcasters in a reliable, sustainable manner. With any volunteer-based organisation, implementation of such a dynamic change needs to be realistic in its delivery, so the Trustees have agreed a realistic implementation plan which will deliver a number of stepped changes through until 2018.

Throughout this strategic implementation, HBA aims to continue to provide practical help and support to members in the form of information, training, advice and guidance, networking opportunities, grants and bursaries. Building on these foundations and making smarter use of our resources, HBA will refocus and restructure member support as follows:

  • A network of volunteer Specialist Advisors, available by telephone and email, covering a wide range of issues relevant to hospital broadcasting.
  • A broad range of self-service, online resources including our regular newsletter, a knowledge bank of guidance and information, a members’ forum for peer-to-peer support, training resources and a calendar of HBA- and member-organised events.
  • A range of face-to-face and distance learning opportunities for training provided by members and partners, as well as by the HBA.
  • A programme of events to promote and celebrate hospital broadcasting, encourage networking and provide training including our annual National Conference and Awards, a programme of HBA Roadshows across the country, and events organised by our members.
  • Continued provision of grants and bursaries.
  • Enhanced public relations and communications activities to promote and advocate the benefits of hospital broadcasting.

The Trustees recognise that HBA relies heavily on committed volunteers, and will endeavour to ensure that HBA will provide an attractive, flexible offer to potential volunteers, both from within the hospital radio community and beyond. The volunteers will be supported by a network of professional advisors and specialists as and when needed.

The Trustees also recognise that they need to focus more on the longer-term strategic direction of the association, and hospital broadcasting in general. In future, there will be a clearer distinction between the governance role of the Trustees and day-to-day operation and management. To ensure that HBA has capability within the Trustee Board and across its volunteer base, a continuing development and training programme will be instigated to assure its members of professional leadership and direction.

For more information on the HBA Strategic Restructure Implementation please see our resource downloads.

If you would like to be part of this dynamic approach to supporting hospital broadcasting on a national level, then please contact HBA Chairman, Grant McNaughton. There are many opportunities for individuals to assist regardless of their availability. Be part of the change!