Inspecting and regulating care

By inspecting care we help to ensure that healthcare services are meeting the required standards of care, that good practice is identified and areas for improvement are addressed.

Our inspectors undertake announced and unannounced inspections of healthcare services.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland carries out a programme of inspections to provide assurance that the care of older people in acute hospitals is of a high standard. We are also responsible for the inspection and regulation of all independent healthcare services in Scotland.

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate’s focus is to reduce the risk of healthcare associated infection to patients. It does this by inspecting all NHS acute hospitals in Scotland against the NHS QIS Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Standards (2008).

We publish all our inspection reports from these three areas of inspection.

Older people care inspection

NHS staff member and older patient laughing
Golden Jubilee National Hospital
19 March 2014

HEI inspection

Woodend Hospital  
09 April 2014

Published resources

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Independent healthcare inspection

independent healthcare inspection

St Vincent's Hospice, Howwood
21 April 2014