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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 June 2020, 59.3% 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.

These statistics apply to the time period April to June 2020, during most of which 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 June 2020,  3,561 children and young people started treatment at CAMHS in Scotland and 59.3% 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 June 2020.

NHS Board

Quarter ending June 2020

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

63.0%

NHS BORDERS

42.9%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

85.0%

NHS FIFE

68.6%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

56.7%

NHS GRAMPIAN

81.6%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

52.4%

NHS HIGHLAND

83.1%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

48.3%

NHS LOTHIAN

51.7%

NHS TAYSIDE

49.8%

NHS ISLAND BOARDS *

60.0%

NHSSCOTLAND 

59.3%

Source: ISD 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 waiting times

Mental Health in Scotland

Related National Outcomes

 

Page updated: 01 September 2020.