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.
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 through the
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 patient care.
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