About us

We are one organisation with many parts and one purpose – to drive improvements that support the highest possible quality of care for the people of Scotland.

We work with services and the public to make seven key contributions to health and social care:

  1. Supporting people to have a meaningful say in how services are designed, delivered and experienced.
  2. Providing independent quality assurance that gives people confidence in the quality of services and helps providers to improve.
  3. Supporting providers to redesign services so that people in Scotland are able to live longer, healthier lives at home or a homely setting.
  4. Supporting services to reduce harm, waste and unnecessary variation in practice and outcomes.
  5. Providing evidence and knowledge that enables people to get the best out of the services that they use and helps services to improve.
  6. Supporting the use of data and information, alongside bespoke support, to help services to improve.
  7. Supporting leaders to create the conditions where quality will flourish.

Our broad work programme supports health and social care services to improve.

This includes the regulation of independent hospitals and clinics along with the following key parts of our organisation which have specific roles:

Healthcare Environment Inspectorate
Helps reduce the risk of healthcare associated infection to patients by inspecting hospitals in Scotland to ensure they are safe and clean.

The ihub
Helps health and social care providers design and deliver better services for the people of Scotland.

Scottish Health Council
Supports NHS boards and health and social care providers to involve patients and the public in the development of services.

Scottish Health Technologies Group
Provides advice on the clinical and cost effectiveness of healthcare technologies that are likely to have significant implications for patient care in Scotland.

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
Develops evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for NHSScotland.

Scottish Medicines Consortium
Accepts for use those newly-licensed medicines that clearly represent good value for money to NHSScotland.

Scottish Patient Safety Programme
Improves the safety and reliability of healthcare and reduces harm, whenever care is delivered.

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Published Date: 10 February 2011

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