Freedom of Information

Under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 you have the right to know how public services like the Scottish Health Council, which is part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, are organised and run. This includes being able to find out how much they cost and how decisions have been made. You also have the right to know what services we provide, what our goals and targets are and how well we’re doing.

We want to make things simple and easy for you, so we are committed to being as open as possible about these things. We aim to show what’s happening and to make sure that any information you need is easy to request and access.

How to find information

We routinely make a lot of information available through this website. A list of the types of information that we provide is given in Link opens in new windowHealthcare Improvement Scotland's publication scheme.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, you can make a formal request to:

Freedom of Information Officer
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Gyle Square
1 South Gyle Crescent
Edinburgh EH12 9EB

Telephone: 0131 623 4605
Email: Email

Where possible, information will be sent to you in electronic format by email. If you would prefer a printed copy please include your name and telephone number so we can clarify any details, as well as a postal address. Please note that we may have to charge for providing printed copies.

All of the information we routinely publish is available in audio format, Braille, large print, and community languages on request. There may be a short delay before we can provide this to you, while we arrange for the document to be converted or translated.


Some information may be withheld from the public. Such information is said to be exempt, and this will include information that is about to be published, personal information covered by the Data Protection Act, or information that is not in the public interest to be made generally available. If we decide to withhold information, we will give reasons for our decision. You can ask us to review this decision if you do not believe the information should be withheld.

Who Enforces the Act?

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act is promoted and enforced by the Link opens in new windowScottish Information Commissioner. The Commissioner ensures that members of the public get access to the information they are entitled to, and that public authorities respond to requests within 20 working days. If you are not satisfied with the response to your request you can make an appeal to the Commissioner. After an investigation, the Commissioner will make a decision and decide whether you should receive the information.