Healthcare Improvement Scotland, of which the Scottish
Health Council is part, fully respects your right to privacy. In
strict accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998), we treat any
personal information you supply to us with the highest standards of
security and confidentiality.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland is registered as a data
controller with the Information
Commissioner (registration is Z2608541). This registration
describes the kind of information we may hold about you, how it may
be processed and with whom it may be shared.
The Healthcare Improvement Scotland Data Protection Policy
explains how we process your personal data to ensure compliance
with Data Protection principles. It relates to information we
To access some of the services available via our websites you
will need to register with us. During the registration process you
will be asked to submit personal information about yourself (e.g.
name and email address). By entering your details in the fields
requested, you enable Healthcare Improvement Scotland and our
subsidiaries to provide you with certain services or to contact you
as agreed during the registration process.
When you provide such personal information, you accept that we
may retain your personal information and that it may be held by us
or any third party that processes it on our behalf for the purposes
of providing the information, goods or services which you have
Any third parties who process personal information on our behalf
are required to maintain the confidentiality and privacy of the
personal information that they process for us.
In addition, we may also collect personal information from you
when you correspond with us (for example, when you send us e-mail
communications or send letters to us). We also collect certain
information automatically about visitors to our websites, as
Remembers your low or high graphic preference and displays the
website in that format next time you visit.
Set by Google Inc. (a third party cookie) it
tracks your interaction with each website. Information is collected
anonymously and is used by Healthcare Improvement Scotland to make
improvements to our websites and their usability.
Google provides more
information on privacy and how this applies to Google
Set by AddThis (a third party cookie) it allows
you to share our web content with your social network via Facebook,
Twitter, YouTube or Linked In.
AddThis provides more information on
how they collect and use this data.
Set by Google Inc. (a third party cookie), it
allows Google to track the number of our visitors using their maps
(via our contact us pages). These cookies will remain on your
website up to 2 years after your visit.
Google provides more
information on privacy and how this applies to Google maps.
Set by Microsoft ASP.NET (a third party
cookie), it allows our websites to know when your visit (or
session) has ended and when another one begins. The cookie expires
immediately when you close your internet browser.
For more information visit Microsoft
Allows our websites to know when a visit (or session) has ended.
The cookie expires immediately when you close your internet
Any information, which you provide by way of this website, is
not made available to any third parties. Any information provided
is only used by Healthcare Improvement Scotland and its
subsidiaries for the purpose for which you provided it.
Together with other Scottish public sector organisations, we are
required to participate in the National Fraud Initiative. As part
of this, we provide staff payroll information for data matching.
Data matching involves comparing sets of data, such as the payroll
or benefits records of a body, against other records held by the
same or another body. Further information about the National
Fraud Initiative is available from Audit Scotland.
The Healthcare Improvement Scotland Information Governance
Team is responsible for advising on and monitoring
practice relating to the use of personal information and Data
Protection compliance, Freedom of Information and IT security
Our Caldicott Guardian is responsible for protecting the
confidentiality of patient information within Healthcare
Improvement Scotland by advising on, agreeing and reviewing
protocols governing the protection, use and disclosure of
information about, or that identifies, patients.
Any queries about how we manage personal and patient information
within the organisation can be sent to the Information