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NHS Scotland performance against LDP standards

Published: 18 Jul 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
Drug and alcohol treatment waiting times

LDP Standard

90 per cent of clients will wait no longer than 3 weeks from referral received to appropriate drug or alcohol treatment that supports their recovery.

Current national performance

In the quarter ending June 2019, 93.2% of clients who had started their first treatment for drug or alcohol use had waited 3 weeks or less.

About this LDP standard

The original Drug & Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times HEAT Target was established to ensure more people recover from drug and alcohol problems so that they can live longer, healthier lives, realising their potential and making a positive contribution to society and the economy. The first stage in supporting people to recover from drug and alcohol problems is to provide a wide range of services and interventions for individuals and their families that are recovery-focused, good quality and that can be accessed when and where they are needed.

To support sustained performance across all areas in Scotland, in both community and prison settings, we expect that 90% of individuals will be able to access appropriate treatment to support their recovery within 3 weeks of referral. As a quality measure and to ensure equity, it is further expected that nobody should wait longer than 6 weeks to receive appropriate treatment.

Performance against this standard

The standard is that 90% of clients will wait no longer than 3 weeks from referral received to appropriate drug or alcohol treatment that supports their recovery.

For the quarter ending June 2019, 93.2% of patients were seen within 3 weeks of referral.

The graph below shows national performance on the Drug & Alcohol standard since quarter ending June 2017.

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 Drug and Alcohol treatment within 3 weeks of referral, by NHS Board, for quarter ending June 2019.

NHS Board

Quarter ending June 2019

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

98.2%

NHS BORDERS

100.0%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

99.3%

NHS FIFE

95.5%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

96.0%

NHS GRAMPIAN

96.2%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

91.2%

NHS HIGHLAND

90.3%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

99.2%

NHS LOTHIAN

79.4%

NHS ORKNEY

100.0%

NHS SHETLAND

100.0%

NHS TAYSIDE

90.8%

NHS WESTERN ISLES

87.5%

NHSSCOTLAND

93.2%

Source: ISD Scotland Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times Database

Further Information

The Road to Recovery: A New Approach to Tackling Scotland's Drug Problem

Changing Scotland's Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action

National drug and alcohol treatment waiting times statistics

Related National Outcomes