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 March 2022, 91.8% 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.
At the outset of the current COVID-19 pandemic NHS Board were asked to ensure that alcohol and drug service delivery remained at pre-Covid levels. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of NHS Boards altered their service delivery to comply with Covid restrictions. The numbers of patients seen within 3 weeks of referral continued to be met on a national basis with the majority of Health Boards exceeding the target.
For the quarter ending March 2022, 91.8% of patients were seen within 3 weeks of referral.
The graph below shows national performance on the Drug and Alcohol 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 Drug and Alcohol treatment within 3 weeks of referral, by NHS Board, for quarter ending March 2022.
|Quarter ending March 2022
NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN
NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY
NHS FORTH VALLEY
NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE
NHS WESTERN ISLES
Source: PHS Scotland Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times Database
Related National Outcomes
Page updated: 29 June 2022.
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