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NHS Scotland performance against LDP standards

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. 


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 2022, 73.2% 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 quarter January to March 2021, 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, 5,016 children and young people started treatment at CAMHS in Scotland and 73.2% 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 2022.

NHS Board

Quarter ending March 2022

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

97.6%

NHS BORDERS

50.0%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

91.0%

NHS FIFE

69.4%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

67.2%

NHS GRAMPIAN

95.1%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

62.9%

NHS HIGHLAND

81.7%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

80.0%

NHS LOTHIAN

63.1%

NHS ORKNEY

-

NHS SHETLAND

100.0%

NHS TAYSIDE

82.3%

NHS WESTERN ISLES

100.0%

NHSSCOTLAND

73.2%

Source: PHS CAMHS Waiting Times database

 NHS Dumfries and Galloway do not include Child Psychology Service data due to system issues.

 NHS Orkney are unable to submit data since October 2020 due to data quality and extraction issues.

Further information

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

Mental Health in Scotland

Related National Outcomes

 

Page updated: 10 June 2022.

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