Independent healthcare

 

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Independent healthcare

Healthcare Improvement Scotland logo Latest inspection report: Ross Hall Hospital
25 May 2016

Previous Care Commission reports

As of 1st April 2011, the responsibility for the regulation of independent healthcare in Scotland passed from the Care Commission to Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Inspection reports previously published by the Care Commission relating to independent healthcare providers can be made available by contacting:

Susan Higgins
0141 225 5551

The regulation of independent healthcare in Scotland

What we do

Healthcare Improvement Scotland regulates independent healthcare services in Scotland. We took over these responsibilities from the Care Commission on 1st April 2011.

Services we regulate

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is currently responsible for regulating independent hospitals, voluntary hospices, and private psychiatric hospitals. Regulation of independent clinics, independent medical agencies and independent ambulance services has not yet commenced.

Regulation of independent clinics from April 2016

In April 2016, Healthcare Improvement Scotland will start regulating independent clinics in Scotland.

Who is being regulated?

Independent clinics are defined in the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 as clinics that are not part of a hospital and from which a medical practitioner or dental practitioner provides a service, which is not part of the National Health Service. The term ‘service’ includes consultations, investigations and treatments.

If you are the provider of an independent clinic (as defined above), you will need to, register your service with us from April 2016.

If you are a provider of an independent clinic and a registered nurse, midwife or dental care professional (clinical dental technician, dental hygienist, dental nurse, dental technician, dental therapist, orthodontic therapist), you will also have to register from April 2016, following the proposed amendment to the definition of independent clinics.

More information

Announced and unannounced inspections

We regulate independent healthcare by inspecting services to ensure that they comply with standards and regulations. Our team of inspectors check independent healthcare services regularly, using announced and unannounced inspections.

We use an open and transparent method for inspecting and reporting on our findings, using standardised processes.

Read our inspection methodology for more information.

Legislation and guidelines

In order to regulate independent healthcare, Healthcare Improvement Scotland works to the following legislation and guidelines:

Legislation and guidelines

In order to regulate independent healthcare, Healthcare Improvement Scotland works to the following legislation and guidelines: