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UK’s National Health Service teams up with the Radio Society of Great Britain to improve health and wellbeing

 

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Thursday, 4 March 2021

UK’s National Health Service teams up with the Radio Society of Great Britain to improve health and wellbeing

This week's blog is by Paul Devlin, Emergency Care Improvement Support Team (ECIST), NHS England and NHS Improvement.

UK’s National Health Service teams up with the Radio Society of Great Britain to improve health and wellbeing

In April 2020 the NHS formed an unprecedented partnership with the Radio Society of Great Britain.

Paul Devlin, from the NHS Emergency Care Improvement Support Team came up with an idea to help reduce loneliness and isolation. The idea started off as a weekend project to encourage as many radio amateurs (HAMs) as possible to take to the airwaves and reach out to fellow operators.

Amateur radio, also known as HAM radio, is both a hobby and a public service. Its aim is to support the advancement of radio communications as well as provide emergency communications in disaster management situations.

Specially licensed radio operators have access to restricted radio frequencies and use a range of equipment to transmit across the global communications platform. This can range from people in the same town talking to each other through to the use of satellites and communications with the International Space Station.

Paul, who runs the NHS radio communications station GB1NHS, took his idea to Steve Thomas (General Manager) and Heather Parsons (Communications Manager) at the Radio Society of Great Britain.

Within 48 hours, Steve and Heather transformed the idea into a campaign called ‘get on the air to care’. Ten months later it has become the biggest campaign that the Society has ever run since it was formed in 1913. Reaching over 30 million people across the UK and internationally.

Paul explains that the campaign works in two ways. Firstly, to encourage existing radio amateurs to take to the airwaves and become a bit more active. Secondly to encourage new people into the world of radio communications.

The ultimate form of social media that reaches parts of the world normal platforms fail to reach

Paul says: “Now, more than ever, we need to optimise all modes of communication to help reduce loneliness and isolation within communities. Amateur radio provides a wonderful opportunity to help make this a reality. People often forget that around 45% of the world’s population do not have access to traditional forms of communication such as cell phones or the internet. For them, radio communications is a lifeline”.

Get on the air today

Finally, Paul notes that it has never been easier to join the word of radio communications. Gaining your amateur (HAM) radio licence gives you access to the world’s ultimate social media platform. Find out more at https://rsgb.org/ and https://www.networks.nhs.uk/nhs-networks/gb1nhs/gb1nhs