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The Care Inspectorate
Compass House
11 Riverside Drive

Tel        01382 207 100
Fax       01382 207 289
Lo-call   0845 603 0890

The Care Inspectorate

Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Gyle Square
1 South Gyle Crescent
EH12 9EB

0131 275 6000 (switchboard)


Regulating Care

Following the Crerar Review, since 1 April 2011, two public bodies have been operating in Scotland; The Care Inspectorate (also known as SCSWIS - Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland) and Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS). These bodies have been created by the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.

The Care Inspectorate (CI)

The Care Inspectorate inspects, regulates and supports improvement of social care and social work services across Scotland.

This work is sponsored by the Regulation of Care and Sponsorship Team.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS)

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) took over the functions of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and the regulatory functions of the Care Commission in relation to independent health care services.

The establishment of HIS is part of the drive to improve the scrutiny of Public Services in Scotland by creating one scrutiny body for all health services, both NHS and Independent.