Health Service Journal

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Health Service Journal
HSJ Logo.png.jpg
Editor Alastair McLellan
Categories Digital Healthcare News Publication
Format Online
Year founded 1892
Company Wilmington
Country United Kingdom
Based in Aldgate, London
Language English
ISSN 0952-2271

Health Service Journal (HSJ) is a former weekly news print magazine, now a website, covering British National Health Service, healthcare management and health policy.


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. In 2008 HSJ had an average circulation of almost 18,000 copies, most of which were by subscription.[2] 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 October 2015 the title's owners announced that print editions would be phased out over the next eighteen months, with the HSJ expected to be in the first tranche.[4] In January 2017 the title was bought by Wilmington plc for £19 million.[5]


It is aimed at "healthcare leaders" and is widely read among managers in the NHS in England. Its coverage of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is now rudimentary, and there is very little coverage of commercial healthcare or social care. is the title's subscription-only website. The website used to expand on printed content with extra news, analysis, opinion and debate. Subscribers can add to the debate by contributing comments to news stories. The title launched its own phone app. Opinion and resource centre articles are free to view but news articles are generally behind a paywall. There is also a dedicated jobs site for positions across the health service including executive level, governance, information technology, finance, education and commissioning roles.

HSJ runs conferences that cover issues in healthcare management, delivering practical guidance and topical discussion.

The magazine produced an annual list of the 100 "people with the greatest influence on health policy and the NHS"[6] and frequent supplements with lists of people said to be leaders, or people who might become leaders, of various kinds.


At the 2013 Professional Publishers' Association awards editor Alastair McLellan was named editor of the year in the business media category.[7] In 2014 HSJ was named PPA business magazine of the year.[8]


  1. ^ "Reform of the National Health Service Chronology". Socialist Health Association. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "ABC Business Magazines Standard certificate of circulation for the 50 issues between 1 July 2007 and 30 June 2008" (pdf). ABC Business Magazines. 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2008-09-04. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Ponsford, Dominic (5 January 2017). "Drapers, Construction News , Nursing Times and other former Emap titles put up for sale". Press Gazette. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
  4. ^ Sweney, Marc (5 October 2015). "Emap brand to be scrapped as all its titles move digital-only". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Turvill, William (19 January 2017). "Media firm Ascential expects more sales soon after discharging health service magazine for £19m". City A.M. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "HSJ100 2013 The annual list of the most influential people in health". Health Service Journal. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "PPA Awards 2013: Wired and Haymarket Network among the winners". Media Week. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "PPA Awards winners 2014". PPA. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 

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