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
The Healthcare Improvement Scotland Inspection Plan for 2012/13
can be found here under Agenda