Our response to COVID-19

Our response to COVID-19

During the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Healthcare Improvement Scotland has taken the decision to adapt our normal ways of working to provide support and prioritise capacity to Scotland's health and social care services. This action is supported by Scottish Government.

This is an unprecedented situation requiring unusual measures, and it is important that we support health and social care services to maintain essential work. We are making a number of changes based on what will be of most benefit to an increasingly pressurised health and social care system, and to maintain our statutory duties.

As a result we have paused our activities that require direct engagement with health and social care services, third sector organisations and members of the public. 

We are instead focusing our resources and experience on providing support to health and social care services where it is needed. This includes deploying a number of our staff to other parts of the NHS to support patient care. We are also urgently exploring how our engagement offices can support NHS boards, health and social care partnerships and volunteering organisations to manage the high levels of enquiries from individuals and community groups about how they can help their local community.

The duration of these measures is unknown and we will provide further updates in due course.

If you think there are other areas where we could support health and care systems in responding to COVID-19, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Last Updated: 20 April 2020