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. 

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 quarter ending June 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.

All four NHS IVF Centres restarted IVF cycles following the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority giving authorisation for services to restart in May 2020 following being paused in March 2020The Centres continue to provide the full range of services and whilst the numbers of patients waiting has increased it is a credit to the hard work of the Centres that the 90% Standard continues to be exceeded, up to and including 30 June 2021. The full impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on referrals to the service will still, however, only become apparent in future quarters.

During the quarter ending 30 June 2021, 270 referrals were received by the IVF Centres in Scotland. During the same period, 340 eligible patients were screened at one of the four IVF centres. All (100%) of these eligible patients were screened for IVF treatment within 365 days (12 months).

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  June 2021. NHS Board level performance is shown for this quarter in the table below.

NHS Board of Referral

Quarter ending June 2021

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

100.0%

NHS BORDERS

 100.0%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

100.0%

NHS FIFE

99.9%

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

99.9%

Glasgow

99.9%
Glasgow IVF Centre Referrals treated by Dundee   -
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

Related National Outcomes

 

Page updated: 02 September 2021.