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Health Service Journal (HSJ) is a news service which covers the British National Health Service, healthcare management and health policy.

Health Service Journal
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EditorAlastair McLellan
CategoriesDigital Healthcare News Publication
Year founded1892
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inAldgate, London



The Poor Law Officers' Journal was established in 1892. In 1930 it changed its name after the passing of the Local Government Act 1929 to the Public Assistance Journal and Health and Hospital Review,[1] then in 1948 it became the Hospital and Social Service Journal. In 1963 it became the Hospital and Social Service Review, in 1973 the Health and Social Service Journal and the Health Service Journal in 1986.

HSJ was commercially published from 1997. It was part of a group of business-to-business titles published by the Emap group which was purchased by the Guardian Media Group in 2008.[3]

In 2016, HSJ announced to go digital only, giving insight into every NHS sector and region. In January 2017 the title was bought by Wilmington plc for £19 million.[5]


Primarily aimed at "healthcare leaders", HSJ is widely read among managers in the NHS in England. It covers a range of subject areas including commissioning, performance, finance, mental health and technology.

In 2014 HSJ launched HSJ Intelligence which is aimed at suppliers looking to understand their NHS partners and prospects.

In 2016 HSJ launched HSJ Solutions, this platform provides validated best practice case studies in the NHS. It contains shortlisted and winning entries from all three awards programmes.

Content is available via individual or bu organisation subscriptions.


HSJ runs 15 events annually where attendees gain insight from a group of senior healthcare figures on topics ranging from mental to healthcare policy. The HSJ Awards recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation in the NHS, showcasing the service's most influential leaders and workforce projects and their innovations.


At the 2013 Professional Publishers' Association awards editor Alastair McLellan was named editor of the year in the business media category.[2] In 2014 HSJ was named PPA business magazine of the year.[3]

In 2014 HSJ was named PPA business magazine of the year.[8]

In 2017, HSJ won best online media property or brand: B2B and HSJ Solutions won best digital launch at the AOP Digital Publishing Awards.

In the same, year the Professional Publishers Association awarded HSJ Solutions, Digital Innovation Of The Year (Business Media) at the PPA Awards.


  1. ^ "Reform of the National Health Service Chronology". Socialist Health Association. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  2. ^ "PPA Awards 2013: Wired and Haymarket Network among the winners". Media Week. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  3. ^ "PPA Awards winners 2014". PPA. Retrieved 22 August 2014.

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