Health service circulars

The Health Services Library holds an extensive collection of health service circulars and guidance from 1948.

Health service circulars 1995 onwards

The full text of most health service circulars issued since January 1995 is available via the Letters and circulars library on the Department of Health website.

Health service circulars before 1995

The Health Services Library holds printed copies of many health service circulars issued before 1995. The collection includes:

  • Advance Letters (AL)
  • Executive Letters (EL)
  • Health Service Guidelines (HSG)
  • Professional Letters (PL)

Finding details of circulars issued before 1995

Details of older circulars can be found using the The Health Management Information Consortium database (HMIC).

NHS staff can access HMIC via NHS Evidence Journals and Databases using an NHS Athens username.