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NHS Scotland performance against LDP standards

Published: 18 Dec 2019

Performance data on the current Local Delivery Plan (LDP) Standards - priorities set and agreed between the Scottish Government and NHS Boards to provide assurance on NHS Scotland performance. 

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NHS Scotland performance against LDP standards
12 weeks first outpatient appointment

LDP Standard

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.

Current national performance

As at 31 March 2021, 48.1% of patients waiting for a new outpatient appointment had been waiting 12 weeks or less.

About this LDP standard

Shorter waits can lead to earlier diagnosis and better outcomes for many patients as well as reducing unnecessary worry and uncertainty for patients and their relatives. It also reduces inequalities by addressing variations in waiting times between NHS Boards or individual hospitals. Shorter waiting times will have a positive impact on the health of the patient, but in the long-term may result in some positive impact on all businesses, as key workers who are absent from the work due to illness may be treated earlier and will therefore be able to return to the workplace earlier.

Performance against this standard

The standard for delivery is for 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), with boards to working towards 100 per cent.

The data published on 25 May 2021 covers performance against the waiting time standards for first Outpatient appointments and Treatment Time Guarantee (TTG) for the same quarter. At the outset of the current COVID-19 pandemic NHS Board were asked to scale down all non-urgent elective treatment while maintaining a full cancer and urgent care service.  In these circumstances all non-urgent outpatient and inpatient/day case activity was paused for the initial period of the pandemic.  While many services are now starting to be gradually restarted the continued recording of data against these targets and standards is still impacted by this situation. 

As at 31 March 2021, 48.1% of patients waiting for a new outpatient appointment had been waiting 12 weeks or less.

The graph below shows national performance on the 12 week outpatient standard since June 2015.

Graph shows national performance on the 12 week outpatient standard since June 2015

NHS Board level performance is shown for the most recent time period in the table below.

The table below shows the percentage of outpatients waiting under 12 weeks, by NHS Board, as at 31 March 2021.

NHS Board

31 March 2021

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

39.5%

NHS BORDERS

48.0%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

52.7%

NHS FIFE

52.6%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

46.9%

NHS GRAMPIAN

48.9%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

47.5%

NHS HIGHLAND

49.9%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

55.3%

NHS LOTHIAN

46.1%

NHS ORKNEY

55.5%

NHS SHETLAND

66.0%

NHS TAYSIDE*

50.8%

NHS WESTERN ISLES

66.7%

NHSSCOTLAND

48.1%

Source: PHS Waiting Times Datamart

* Due to technical problems experienced with data submitted to the PHS Waiting Times warehouse, NHS Tayside has provided locally derived figures to inform these statistics.  

Other providers of NHS treatment may be included in the NHSScotland total but not explicitly shown.

Further information

Waiting Times Statistics

Outpatient stage of treatment waiting times

Waiting Times Improvement Plan

Related National Outcomes

 

Page updated: 26 May 2021.