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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 2020, 74.9% 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.

As at 31 March 2020, 74.9% 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.

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 2020.

NHS Board

31 March 2020

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

79.8%

NHS BORDERS

94.3%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

93.2%

NHS FIFE

95.2%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

81.2%

NHS GRAMPIAN

72.4%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

72.5%

NHS HIGHLAND

81.4%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

92.3%

NHS LOTHIAN

64.5%

NHS ORKNEY

66.9%

NHS SHETLAND

85.6%

NHS TAYSIDE*

63.7%

NHS WESTERN ISLES

86.9%

NHSSCOTLAND

74.9%

Source: ISD Waiting Times Datamart

* Due to technical problems experienced with data submitted to the ISD 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 2020.