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NHS Performance Standards

NHS LDP Standards

Local Delivery Plan (LDP) Standards are priorities that are set and agreed between the Scottish Government and NHS Boards. A national review of targets and indicators of health and social care is currently underway and initial recommendations are due in Spring 2017. The current standards are:

  • Increase the proportion of people diagnosed and treated in the first stage of breast, colorectal and lung cancer by 25 per cent
  • 95 per cent of all patients diagnosed with cancer to begin treatment within 31 days of decision to treat, and 95 per cent of those referred urgently with a suspicion of cancer to begin treatment within 62 days of receipt of referral
  • People newly diagnosed with dementia will have a minimum of one years post-diagnostic support
  • 100 per cent of patients to wait no longer than 12 weeks from the patient agreeing treatment with the hospital to treatment for inpatient or day case treatment (Treatment Time Guarantee)
  • 90 per cent of planned/elective patients to commence treatment within 18 weeks of referral
  • 95 per cent of patients to wait no longer than 12 weeks from referral (all sources) to a first outpatient appointment (measured on month end Census). Boards to work towards 100 per cent
  • At least 80 per cent of pregnant women in each SIMD quintile will have booked for antenatal care by the 12th week of gestation
  • 90 per cent of Eligible patients to commence IVF treatment within 12 months of referral
  • 90 per cent of young people to commence treatment for specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health services within 18 weeks of referral
  • 90 per cent of patients to commence Psychological therapy based treatment within 18 weeks of referral
  • NHS Boards' rate of Clostridium difficile in patients aged 15 and over to be 0.32 cases or less per 1,000 occupied bed days
  • NHS Boards' rate of staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (including MRSA) to be 0.24 cases or less per 1,000 acute occupied bed days
  • 90 per cent of Clients will wait no longer than three weeks from referral received to appropriate drug or alcohol treatment that supports their recovery
  • NHS Boards to sustain and embed alcohol brief interventions in the three priority settings of primary care, A&E and antenatal and to broaden delivery in wider settings
  • NHS Boards to sustain and embed successful smoking quits at 12 weeks post quit, in the 40 per cent most deprived SIMD areas (60 per cent in the Island Boards)
  • GPs to provide 48 Hour access or advance booking to an appropriate member of the GP team for at least 90 per cent of patients
  • NHS Boards to achieve a staff sickness absence rate of 4 per cent
  • 95 per cent of patients to wait no longer than 4 hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer for A&E treatment. Boards to work towards 98 per cent.
  • NHS Boards are required to operate within their Revenue Resource Limit (RRL), their Capital Resource Limit (CRL) and meet their Cash Requirement