Evidence, advice, guidance and standards
Healthcare Improvement Scotland is an authority on the
development of evidence-based advice, guidance and standards.
We support improvements in the quality of healthcare people
receive through our quality indicators. In the last year we
have published on hepatitis C infection, cancer,
out-of-hours care and pulmonary
Our quality indicators focus on:
- testing and assessment
- treatment and support,
- and service organisation.
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We collaborate with national and international
experts to identify, develop and share evidence for improvement.
This evidence is accessible to healthcare professionals to support
them in providing safe and effective care, and to the public to
inform them of the quality of care they can expect to receive.
We also assess new technologies in healthcare
Scottish Health Technologies Group, and the clinical and cost
effectiveness of newly licensed medicines through the Scottish Medicines
The national standards we develop use
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines
Network (SIGN)guidelines, and may also draw on
sources such as National Institute for Health and
Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines, evidence notes, health
technology assessments and systematic reviews.
Following publication of our standards, we
continue to work with NHS boards and voluntary organisations to
support their implementation and, consequently, improvements to