Publication - Transparency data

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. 

Contents
NHS Scotland performance against LDP standards
IVF waiting times

LDP Standard

90% of eligible patients to commence IVF treatment within 12 months of referral.

Current national performance

In the quarters ending March 2021, 100.0% of eligible patients commenced IVF treatment within 12 months.

About this LDP standard

Eligible patients should be able to access IVF treatment equitably. Longer waiting times for patients leads to poorer outcomes, as the effectiveness of IVF reduces with age. Shorter waiting times across Scotland will lead to improved outcomes for patients.

Performance against this standard

The standard is that eligible patients will commence IVF treatment within 12 months. In practice, this will be the percentage of patients who were screened at an IVF Centre within 12 months of a referral from secondary to tertiary care. The Scottish Government has determined that the IVF waiting times standard should be delivered for at least 90% of patients, as for some patients it may not be clinically appropriate for treatment to begin within the target's time. Waiting times information for IVF treatment is at an early stage of development. The 4 IVF Centre Boards (NHS Lothian, NHS Grampian, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and NHS Tayside) are working with ISD and the Scottish Government to improve the consistency and completeness of the information.

As a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, IVF treatment was paused across Scotland during March, impacting on data for quarters ending March and June 2020. As few new patients have been screened in the quarter ending June 2020, the number of people waiting has increased. The resulting impact of this on the 90% standard will become apparent in future quarters.

During the quarter ending 31 March 2021, 295 referrals were received by the four IVF Centres across Scotland and 353 eligible patients were screened. In this quarter, 100.0% of patients  screened waited  for 52 weeks or less. 

The graph below shows national performance on the IVF treatment standard since quarter ending June 2015.


The table below shows the percentage of eligible patients that commenced IVF treatment within 12 months, by NHS Board and IVF Centres, for quarters ending  March 2021. NHS Board level performance is shown for this quarter in the table below.

NHS Board of Referral

Quarter ending March 2020

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

100.0%

NHS BORDERS

 100.0%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

 100%

NHS FIFE

100.0%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

100.0%

NHS GRAMPIAN

100.0%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

100.0%

NHS HIGHLAND

100.0%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

100.0%

NHS LOTHIAN

100.0%
NHS ORKNEY, SHETLAND, WESTERN ISLES
100.0%

NHS TAYSIDE

100.0%

IVF Treatment Centre

 

Aberdeen

100.0%

Dundee

100.0%

Edinburgh

100.0%

Glasgow

100.0%
Glasgow IVF Centre Referrals treated by Dundee 100.0%
Glasgow IVF Centre Referrals treated by Edinburgh   -

NHSSCOTLAND

 100.0%

Source: PHS IVF Waiting Times database

 "- " denotes no eligible patients 

The data for NHS Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles have been amalgamated in the quarter ending 31 March due to small numbers.

Further information

IVF Waiting Times publication

IVF funding announcement

Related National Outcomes

  • our children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed
  • our public services are high quality, continually improving, efficient and responsive to local people's needs
  • we have tackled the significant inequalities in society

 

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