We believe that every person in Scotland should receive the best
healthcare possible every time you come into contact with your
We are the national healthcare improvement
organisation for Scotland and part of NHSScotland. We work with
staff who provide care in hospitals, GP practices, clinics, NHS
boards and with patients, carers, communities and the public.
Our work drives improvements in the
quality of healthcare people receive by:
- supporting and empowering
people to have an informed voice in managing their own
care and shaping how services are designed and delivered
- delivering scrutiny activity
which is fair but challenging and leads to improvements for
- providing quality improvement
support to healthcare providers, and
- providing clinical standards, guidelines
and advice based upon the best available evidence.
You may not notice Healthcare Improvement Scotland
in your hospital, GP practice or clinic, but we play an important
role helping others put into place the improvements to patient care
that matter most to you.
You may have heard of key parts of our organisation that
have specific roles, including:
Helps reduce the risk of healthcare associated infection to
patients by inspecting hospitals in Scotland to ensure they are
safe and clean.
Supports NHS boards to involve staff, patients, carers and
communities in the development of health 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.
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Published Date: 10 February 2011