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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
Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) waiting times

LDP Standard

90 per cent of young people to commence treatment for specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health services within 18 weeks of referral.

Current national performance

In the quarter ending March 2021, 72.5% of children and young people were seen within 18 weeks.

About this LDP standard

Timely access to healthcare is a key measure of quality and that applies equally in respect of access to mental health services. Early action is more likely to result in full recovery and in the case of children and young people will also minimise the impact on other aspects of their development such as their education, so improving their wider social development outcomes.

Performance against standard

The standard is for at least 90% of young people to start CAMHs treatment within 18 weeks of referral.

During most of the previous quarter (October to December 2020), government advice was to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CAMHs services continued to be provided, accommodating Covid-19 restrictions, and emergency and urgent cases were prioritised. We would expect to see changes in performance statistics over this time as fewer new referrals were received, while boards continued to risk assess and prioritise cases spanning the full waiting list.

During the quarter ending March 2021,  4,089 children and young people started treatment at CAMHS in Scotland and 72.5% were seen within 18 weeks.

The graph below shows national performance on the CAMHS standard since quarter ending 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 people who started CAMHS treatment within 18 weeks of referral, by NHS Board, for quarter ending March 2021.

NHS Board

Quarter ending March 2021

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

98.4%

NHS BORDERS

48.0%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

84.3%

NHS FIFE

80.2%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

34.0%

NHS GRAMPIAN

92.7%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

67.3%

NHS HIGHLAND

75.2%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

64.3%

NHS LOTHIAN

65.0%

NHS TAYSIDE

84.8%

NHS ISLAND BOARDS *

81.0%

NHSSCOTLAND 

72.5%

Source: PHS CAMHS Waiting Times database

* NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland and NHS Western Isles have been combined due to small numbers and disclosure reasons.

Further information

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) waiting times statistics

Mental Health in Scotland

Related National Outcomes

 

Page updated: 02 June 2021.