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Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) was established in 2011 as a health body, constituted by the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978, as amended by Public Service Reform Scotland Act 2010 and the Public Bodies (Joint Working) Act 2014.

HIS is required to provide assurance to the people of Scotland about the quality of care within a health setting. Its functions include the delivery of improvement support, quality assurance (through inspections and reviews), supporting the engagement of people and communities, and the provision of evidence including advice, standards and guidelines.

HIS uses these functions in a co-ordinated and balanced way to support better quality care.