Registration deadline for independent clinics

ALL independent dental clinics – or totally private practices – in Scotland must be registered with Health Improvement Scotland (HIS) by 1 April 2017.

HIS is now charged with regulating all independent clinics in Scotland – defined as providing a service not part of the National Health Service, including consultations, investigations and treatments.

HIS will be responsible for inspecting services at regular intervals, investigating complaints from the public and taking enforcement action if services do not comply with the National Care Standards or legislation. The registration fee is £2,475 and failure to register will result in the operating dentist being reported to the Procurator Fiscal service for prosecution.

Practitioners can register using an online service and more information is available from the Independent Healthcare Enquiry line at 0131 623 4342 or via email at hcis.clinicregulation@nhs.net