The regulator for independent healthcare services in Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), has published its first inspection reports of independent clinics, following the introduction of mandatory registration in April 2017.
Scottish law requires clinics that are independent of NHS Scotland that have practising doctors, nurses and/or dentists to be registered with HIS in the aim to improve patient safety.
Dr Kathleen Long, who is on the board of Directors for BCAM, runs an independent aesthetics clinic in Glasgow called KL Kosmetic Klinic, commented on the reports, saying, “Registered clinics are able to demonstrate that they take the safety of their patients seriously, that they operate to the highest standards and are committed to continually improving the service they provide for patients. The inspection reports enable the public to make an informed choice regarding the quality and safety of an independent clinic.”
Currently, more than 300 independent clinics across Scotland have successfully completed the registration process, according to HIS. Following registration, the service is then subject to regular inspections and this inspection report will then be accessible for public reading on the HIS website.
Areas that are inspected are patient and service user experience, safe delivery of care and leadership of improvement and change. These areas a graded through a system categorising the areas as unsatisfactory, satisfactory, good, or exceptional.
The organisation can take enforcement action where services present a serious risk to the safety and wellbeing of patients.
Alastair Delaney, director of quality assurance at HIS said, “It is crucial that we provide assurances for the public that procedures are carried out in safe and regulated environments. Our work helps to assure those who choose to use independent clinics that they can do so safely.”