2018 National Hospital Radio Awards Nominations Announced


The nominations for the National Hospital Radio Awards 2018 have been announced.

The National Hospital Radio Awards is an annual celebration of the excellent standards found in hospital radio stations across the country. The awards are open to any HBA member station. The awards are divided into different categories, each one recognising a specific area of excellence; some are awarded to individuals, others to stations.

Our Patron, Alan Dedicoat, has joined us again this year to announce the shortlists which you can listen to below:

Members can download this audio for use on their station output from HBA Member Resources

These are your shortlisted nominations for the National Hospital Radio Awards 2018.

Station Promotion

Designed to allow demonstration of delivering an engaging, clear and concise message within a specific time, this entry must be produced and presented by the station. The entry can consist of a promotion or trailer and should convey the message and attract the ear of the listener.
  • Bedrock Radio - Bedrock Quiz Night
  • CHBN - Kath Layte's 60s and 70s Show
  • Grampian Hospital Radio - John Graham's 70s Show
  • Harlow Hospital Radio - Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits
  • Hospital Radio Basingstoke - Sarah Beattie's Spooky Halloween Special
  • Radio BGM - Million Sellers Weekend
  • Radio Glamorgan - Our Station
  • Radio Hillingdon - Hillingdon Hospital Chaplaincy team
  • Radio Tyneside - Beamish visit
  • Radio West Middlesex - Hear Us Online

Best Specialist Music Programme

Designed to demonstrate the presenter's expert knowledge of the music in question. Evidence of energy and passion for the genre should be evident to the listener. The entry may also include any content applicable to the programme. For example, an event guide / what's on feature relating to the show. Entries may include any genre such as jazz, classical, country etc.
This category is sponsored by PPL
  • Citybeat Radio - Crime and Punishment
  • Durham Hospitals Radio - The Sunday Showtune Showdown
  • Hospital Radio Reading - Jazz Hour
  • Harlow Hospital Radio - 50th anniversary of the Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
  • HWD Hospital Radio - HWD Rock Show
  • Inverness Hospital Radio - Sunday Ceilidh
  • Radio Grapevine - Fresh Sounds
  • Radio Tyneside - The Geordie Hour
  • Radio West Middlesex - Sgt Pepper Special   
  • Radio Wey - Rob’s Jazz Club

Best Speech Package

This award is designed to showcase the power of speech through the medium of radio. Entries should be submitted from a single programme or interview. The material must be original, produced and presented by the submitting station.
  • Durham Hospitals Radio - Eileen’s Cheviot Challenge
  • Grampian Hospital Radio - Hilary Thomson, Lead Physiotherapist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
  • Hospital Radio Basingstoke - World Sight Day Special
  • Hospital Radio Plymouth - Fundraising rugby match
  • Radio Brockley - Rebuild of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital buildings
  • Radio Grapevine - In Conversation with David Evans
  • Radio Harrow - What is Hanukkah?
  • Radio Tyneside - Bedpans and Broomsticks
  • Radio Wey - The Swan Ward Lunch Club
  • Winchester Radio - The Hat Fair


Special Event

This award is for a “one-off” programme broadcast by the station. The entry should be a compilation of the programme’s output demonstrating production and presentational quality as well as listener engagement.
  • BHBN - The Queen Elizabeth Charities 5k Memory Walk
  • Durham Hospitals Radio - Durham Regatta
  • Hospital Radio Basingstoke - Hampshire Hospitals Open Day 2017
  • Hospital Radio Chelmsford - 2017 General Election
  • Nottingham Hospitals Radio - Queen’s Medical Centre 40th Year
  • Radio Grapevine - Radio Grapevine Live
  • Radio Harrow - Local Radio Day
  • Radio Horton - Fairport Cropredy Convention
  • Radio Redhill - The Flying Scotsman
  • Radio Tyneside - Beamish Open-Air Museum


Best Newcomer

Designed to celebrate and recognise new talent across the hospital broadcasting community, this award is open to anyone who joined a hospital radio station for the first time during the two years prior to the closing date.
This category is sponsored by Broadcast Radio
  • Richard Holmes, Arrowe Sound
  • Penny-Jane Bourne, BHBN
  • Phillip Stoneman, BHBN
  • Jeff Jacobs CHBN
  • Jonathan Tullett, Harrogate Hospital Radio
  • Tony Knight, Hospital Radio Chelmsford
  • Matt Farmer, Hospital Radio Lynn
  • Anna Pangbourne, Radio Chelsea and Westminster
  • Anna Trevers, Radio Harrow
  • Judith Allford, Radio Wey.


Best Programme with Multiple Presenters

Recognising that many hospital radio stations have programmes presented by a group of people, this award celebrates the ingredients that make hospital radio unique, such as patient and staff interaction, requests and personality.
This category is sponsored by PPL
  • Arrowe Sound - The Mid-Week Get Together with Steve & Joe
  • Citybeat Radio - The Farrell Request Show
  • Harrogate Hospital Radio - The Evening Request Show With Steve And Ann
  • Hospital Radio Chelmsford - The Christmas 2016 Three-Way Request Show
  • Nottingham Hospitals Radio - Samuel Head and Mickey Lewis
  • Radio Brockley - Thursday Live
  • Radio Glamorgan - The Teenage Cancer Trust Takeover
  • Radio Harrow - Wednesday Night Patients’ Hour
  • Roch Valley Radio - Saturday Breakfast
  • Rookwood Sound - Steve Allen & Debbie Brown.


Male Presenter of the Year

Designed to accurately demonstrate the diversity of presentation skills and awareness of, and engagement with, the audience. Entries should showcase variety of subject and style. Passion, energy and personality should be evident to the listener.
This category is sponsored by PRS For Music
  • Glynn Thomas, Arrowe Sound
  • Dan Sambell, Coventry Hospital Radio
  • Mark Oldfield, Harrogate Hospital Radio
  • Philip Medcalf, Hospital Radio Lynn
  • Andrew Hill, Hospital Radio Plymouth
  • Rajiv Hasan, Nottingham Hospitals Radio
  • Ross Coutts, Radio Grapevine
  • Tony McNab, Radio Harrow
  • Max Fosh, Radio Tyneside
  • Robin Street, Rookwood Sound.


Female Presenter of the Year

Designed to accurately demonstrate the diversity of presentation skills and awareness of, and engagement with, the audience. Entries should showcase variety of subject and style. Passion, energy and personality should be evident to the listener.
This category is sponsored by PRS For Music
  • Mandy Shepherd, Arrowe Sound
  • Emma Boydell BHBN
  • Ellie Jackson, Harrogate Hospital Radio
  • Christine Rowley, Hospital Radio Basingstoke
  • Kim Lelievre, Hospital Radio Bedside
  • Sam Jenkins, Hospital Radio Chelmsford
  • Charlotte Willis, Hospital Radio Plymouth
  • Julie Caston, Nottingham Hospitals Radio
  • Mandy Morrow, Radio Wey
  • Tindy C. Chaggar at Radio Fox.


Station of the Year 

This Award showcases the best of hospital radio. From the interaction with station listeners to the delivery of an engaging station output. Submission is limited to a maximum 15 minute stand-alone documentary-style recording, featuring extracts from your station output. The entry should give the judges an insight into your station, station volunteers, hospital(s) broadcast to, and the style of presentation and programme content.
This category is sponsored by PPL


Categories Without Shortlists

There are some categories where the HBA awards a single prize and where a shortlist is not released. These categories are:

The John Witney Award

The award celebrates an outstanding contribution, by an individual, to Hospital Radio over a period of years and is open to anyone working in hospital radio. The nomination should explain why the candidate has made a real and long lasting impact. The candidate may be drawn from the broadcasting arena but may equally be found from a technical or administrative background. They may have worked for a single or multiple stations over the years.

Recognising Innovation across Hospital Radio

Designed to recognise those behind the scenes, this award celebrates pushing the boundaries, using innovative, novel or pioneering ideas. This award is open to all across the various roles hospital broadcasting organisations may have. Technical to administrative, fund raising to Trust or Board engagement – this award celebrates achieving a goal using new and inspiring techniques.


The shortlists for the HBA's showpiece event were announced by HBA Patron Alan Dedicoat just after midnight on New Year's Day. 

Judging will now continue to find the winners, who will be announced at a gala evening in Windsor at the end of March 2018.  Judges this year include NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens who will join Alan Dedicoat and health and media professionals from around the UK.

Awards  co-producer  Sean  Dunderdale  said:  “I’m  delighted  that  Simon  Stevens has  agreed  to  be  a  judge  this  year.  He’s  been  a  strong  supporter  of  Hospital Radio and the Awards, and previously sent a video message thanking volunteers for the work that they do.  Alan, of course, is no stranger to the ceremony having attended over the past few years.   It’s great that he too has agreed, this year, to be a judge."


The nomination certificates have been sent out to the address submitted with the stations entries. If they do not arrive or you notice any errors please contact Neil Ogden by e-mail. Please be aware that any errors not rectified at this stage may find their way onto an engraved award should a shortlisted entry be successful in winning Bronze, Silver or Gold.

The qualification period for audio for the 2018 Hospital Radio Awards is from 1st November 2016 to 31st October 2017. If you are planning to enter next year, now is the time to start saving your best bits! Please be aware that we anticipate changes to the awards criteria for 2019. This information will be available shortly after the 2018 National Hospital Radio Awards ceremony on 24th March 2018.


Award Ceremony

The Hospital Broadcasting Association is proud to organise and support the award ceremony each year, an event which offers a unique opportunity for fellow broadcasters to meet, share ideas, and recognise volunteers for their achievements. Our prestegious black tie award ceremony takes place during a gala dinner on the Saturday evening of the HBA Annual Conference, The ceremony will be held at The De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor on Saturday 24th March 2018. For more information and to book your attendance at Conference and Awards 2018 click HERE.



HBA Bursaries

The bursary provides successful applicants with an opportunity to meet fellow hospital broadcasters, and to find out about the work of other stations and the HBA. HBA national conferences provide a training opportunity through seminars and workshops, and enable delegates to network with fellow hospital broadcasters, providing insight into the wider aspects of hospital broadcasting and the national association.

Bursaries are intended to encourage attendance for members who have not previously attended and/or stations who have not/are not represented at conference by removing/contributing to the financial burden. We also invite applications for travel only bursaries. For more information on HBA Bursaries make sure you login and click HERE