The Care Commission

The Care Commission was set up in April 2002 under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 to regulate all adult, child and independent healthcare services in Scotland.

The Care Commission was set up in April 2002 under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 to regulate all adult, child and independent healthcare services in Scotland.

The Care Commission makes sure that care service providers meet the Scottish Government's National Care Standards and works to improve the quality of care.

To do this, they have 580 employees, including 360 Care Commission officers who inspect services, and an annual operating budget of around £30.3m.

The Care Commission website (www.carecommission.com) includes a DVD with more details on what they do.

From April 2008 the Care Commission introduced a grading scheme for all the services it regulates. The purpose of the scheme is to provide clear information to the public on the quality of a care service across different aspects of the service, allowing them to make better informed choices. More information on the grading scheme is available from the Care Commission's website.