Inspecting the care of older people in acute hospitals

Healthcare Improvement Scotland assesses the standard of the care provided for older people in acute hospitals in Scotland. These inspections report areas of strength and areas for improvement within a hospital.

We measure hospital performance against national standards, guidance and best practice relevant to the care provided for older people. 

We want to be assured that older people are treated with the respect, compassion and dignity that they have a right to expect. Our inspections focus on the three national quality ambitions for NHSScotland; providing care that is person-centred, safe and effective.

Ensuring respect, compassion and dignity

We give specific consideration to these key issues:

  • treating older people with compassion, dignity and respect
  • dementia and cognitive impairment
  • preventing and managing falls
  • nutritional care and hydration
  • prevention and management of pressure ulcers.

NHS boards inspected to date

The full list of hospitals we plan to inspect is available from our inspection methodology.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to our inspection reports. Access our published care of older people inspection reports, listed by NHS board.

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