Publication - Transparency data

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. 

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 30 September 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 30 November 2021 covers performance against the waiting time standards for first Outpatient appointments and Treatment Time Guarantee (TTG) for the same quarter.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has continued to have an impact on the delivery of NHS services. While many services are now gradually being reinstated, performance against these targets and standards is still impacted by this situation.

As at 30 September 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 30 September 2021.

NHS Board

30 September 2021

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

38.7%

NHS BORDERS

39.3%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

46.9%

NHS FIFE

58.0%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

54.2%

NHS GRAMPIAN

50.9%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

44.9%

NHS HIGHLAND

47.0%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

56.5%

NHS LOTHIAN

46.2%

NHS ORKNEY

58.6%

NHS SHETLAND

77.9%

NHS TAYSIDE*

55.3%

NHS WESTERN ISLES

79.0%

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: 01 December 2021.