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:
- Supporting people to have a meaningful say in how services are
designed, delivered and experienced.
- Providing independent quality assurance that gives people
confidence in the quality of services and helps providers to
- Supporting providers to redesign services so that people in
Scotland are able to live longer, healthier lives at home or a
- Supporting services to reduce harm, waste and unnecessary
variation in practice and outcomes.
- Providing evidence and knowledge that enables people to get the
best out of the services that they use and helps services to
- Supporting the use of data and information, alongside bespoke
support, to help services to improve.
- Supporting leaders to create the conditions where quality will
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:
Helps reduce the risk of healthcare associated infection to
patients by inspecting hospitals in Scotland to ensure they are
safe and clean.
Helps health and social
care providers design and deliver better services for the people of
Supports NHS boards and health and social care providers to involve
patients and the public in the development of services.
Scottish Health Technologies
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
Develops evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for
Accepts for use those newly-licensed medicines that clearly
represent good value for money to NHSScotland.
Scottish Patient Safety
Improves the safety and reliability of
healthcare and reduces harm, whenever care is delivered.
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Published Date: 10 February 2011