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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. 

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NHS Scotland performance against LDP standards
Psychological therapies waiting times

LDP Standard

90 per cent of patients to commence Psychological Therapy based treatment within 18 weeks of referral.

Current national performance

In the quarter ending  March 2021, 80.4% of 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.

Performance against this standard

The standard is for at least 90% of Psychological Therapies patients to start treatment within 18 weeks of referral.

During most of the previous quarter (October to December 2020), government advice was to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. PT 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, 18,030 people started treatment for Psychological Therapies in Scotland and 80.4% were seen within 18 weeks.

The graph below shows national performance on the Psychological Therapies standard since quarter ending June 2015. Various data completeness issues have impacted on the Scotland figures before December 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 Psychological Therapies treatment within 18 weeks of referral, by NHS Board, for quarter ending March 2021.

NHS Board

Quarter ending March 2020

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

86.6%

NHS BORDERS1

86.4%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

74.3%

NHS FIFE

82.0%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

51.5%

NHS GRAMPIAN

74.9%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

89.7%

NHS HIGHLAND

72.1%

NHS LANARKSHIRE 2

74.7%

NHS LOTHIAN

80.7%

NHS TAYSIDE

79.8%

NHS ISLAND BOARDS 3

52.1%

NHSSCOTLAND 1,2,4

80.4%

Source: PHS Psychological Therapies Waiting Times database

1. NHS Borders includes Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, and Learning Disabilities data .

2. NHS Lanarkshire has  included CamGlen data from January 2020 .

3. NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland and NHS Western Isles are combined to prevent disclosive numbers.

4. NHS24 data from the Living Life Service is included from February 2017.

Further information

Mental Health in Scotland

Mental Health summary statistics

Related National Outcomes

Page updated: 02  June 2021.