Regulation of independent clinics in Scotland

HEALTHCARE Improvement Scotland (HIS) will now regulate all independent medical and dental clinics in Scotland.

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 NHS, including consultations, investigations and treatments.

All providers of independent clinics will need to register with HIS from April 2016. This includes providers who are registered nurses, midwifes or dental care professionals (clinical dental technician, dental hygienist, dental nurse, dental technician, dental therapist, orthodontic therapist) following on from the proposed amendment to the definition of independent clinics.

To receive regular information about next steps, HIS has provided a contact form on its website. There are also Frequently Asked Questions summarising key points.