Acronym Buster


  • HA

    health authority

  • HALO

    hospital ambulance liaison officer

  • HaN

    Hospital at Night (services)

  • HAP

    Hospital Admission Prevention


    hospital antibiotic prudent prescribing indicator


    hazardous area response team

  • HASU

    hyper acute stroke unit

  • HAZ

    health action zone


    hazardous materials

  • HB

    health board

  • HBPC

    hospital based primary care

  • HCA

    health care assistant

  • HCAI

    healthcare-associated infection

  • HCHS

    hospital and community health services

  • HCPC

    Health and Care Professions Council

  • HCW

    Health Commission Wales

  • HDL

    Health Department letter

  • HDU

    high dependency unit

  • HEA

    Higher Education Academy

  • HEAT

    health efficiency access treatment (targets – Scotland)

  • HEE

    Health Education England


    Higher Education Funding Council for England

  • HEI

    Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (Scotland)

  • HEI

    higher education institution

  • HEMS

    helicopter emergency medical service


    Health and Education National Strategic Exchange

  • HES

    hospital episode statistics

  • HFEA

    Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

  • HFMA

    Healthcare Financial Management Association

  • HGC

    Human Genetics Commission

  • HIA

    health impact assessment

  • HIEC

    health innovation and education cluster

  • HII

    high-impact innovation

  • HIMP

    health improvement and modernisation plan

  • HIP

    Health Innovation Partnership

  • HIW

    Health Inspectorate Wales

  • HLC

    healthy living centre

  • HLE

    healthy life expectancy

  • HMO

    health maintenance organisation (USA)

  • HoNOS

    health of the nation outcome scales

  • HOSC

    health overview and scrutiny committee

  • HPA

    Health Protection Agency

  • HPMA

    Healthcare People Management Association

  • HPU

    health protection unit

  • HQIP

    Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

  • HRA

    Health Research Authority

  • HRG

    healthcare resource group

  • HSC

    health and social care (Northern Ireland)

  • HSC

    (House of Commons) health select committee


    Health and Social Care Digital Service

  • HSCI

    health service cost index


    Health and Social Care Information Centre

  • HSCT

    health and social care trust (Northern Ireland)


    Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (Department of Health)

  • HSDU

    hospital sterilisation and disinfection unit

  • HSE

    Health and Safety Executive

  • HSE

    Health Survey for England

  • HSIB

    Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

  • HSJ

    Health Service Journal

  • HSMR

    hospital standardised mortality ratio

  • HSMR

    hospital standardised mortality ratios

  • HSR

    health service research

  • HSRN

    Health Services Research Network

  • HSS

    health science services

  • HSW

    Healthcare Support Worker

  • HTA

    health technology assessment

  • HUI

    Health Utilities Index

  • HWB

    health and wellbeing board

  • HWE

    Healthwatch England

  • HWE

    Healthwatch England

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