Annual returns

The annual return forms that services have to complete each year are now closed. We thank all services that have submitted. It is very important that we have an up-to-date, accurate and detailed picture of care in Scotland – your annual returns help us achieve that.

Each year we ask you to complete an annual return to help us plan, inform and carry out our inspections. We also share some of the information with other organisations, such as the Scottish Social Services Council and the Scottish Government.

If you have any questions about the annual returns, please read our frequently asked questions. 

All service types must complete their annual returns electronically, using the Care Inspectorate’s eForms system

Even inactive services must submit an annual return.

We no longer automatically downgrade services for failing to submit an annual return. This is because we do not believe that non-submission is necessarily a reflection of poor quality of service. We will, however, continue to publish details about submission or non-submission of annual returns within inspection reports. We also reserve the right to make a formal requirement relating to submission of an annual return, or in cases of serious or persistent non-compliance, to issue an improvement notice under s62 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, requiring its submission.

Please note that where the manager of the service has changed, you must formally notify the Care Inspectorate of the correct details. This can be done using the Care Inspectorate’s online eForms system.