NHS Scotland performance against LDP standards

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. 


LDP Standard

100 per cent of patients to wait no longer than 12 weeks from the patient agreeing treatment with the hospital to treatment for inpatient or day case treatment (Treatment Time Guarantee).

Current national performance

In the quarter ending March 2022, 63.9% of patients were reported as commencing inpatient/day case treatment within 12 weeks.

About this LDP standard

The treatment time guarantee is set out in legislation “The Patient Right’s (Scotland) Act 2011”.  It places a legal requirement on health boards that once planned inpatient and day case treatment has been agreed with the patient the patient must receive that treatment within 12 weeks.

Performance against this standard

The standard is for 100% of patients to be seen within 12 weeks of agreeing inpatient/day case treatment. This standard is also a legal requirement as set out by “The Patient Right’s (Scotland) Act 2011”.

The data published on 31 May 2022 covers performance against the waiting time standards for first Outpatient appointments and Treatment Time Guarantee (TTG) for the quarter ending March 2022. 

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has continued to have an impact on the delivery of NHS services. While many services are now gradually being reinstated, performance against these targets and standards is still impacted by this situation.

During the quarter ending March 2022, 63.9% of patients were reported as commencing inpatient/day case treatment within 12 weeks.

The graph below shows the percentage of patients who have started inpatient/day case treatment within 12 weeks since quarter ending June 2015.

Graph shows percentage of patients who started inpatient or day case treatment in 12 weeks 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 patients who have started inpatient/day case treatment within 12 weeks, by NHS Board, for quarter ending March 2022.

NHS Board

Quarter ending March 2022

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

68.8%

NHS BORDERS

50.5%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

54.3%

NHS FIFE

62.5%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

60.5%

NHS GRAMPIAN

52.6%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

72.9%

NHS HIGHLAND

68.2%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

51.0%

NHS LOTHIAN

65.3%

NHS ORKNEY

62.1%

NHS SHETLAND

55.2%

NHS TAYSIDE*

58.3%

NHS WESTERN ISLES

55.0%

NHS NATIONAL WAITING TIMES CENTRE

68.9%

NHSSCOTLAND

63.9%

Source: National Waiting Times Data Warehouse

* Due to technical problems experienced with data submitted to the PHS Waiting Times warehouse, NHS Tayside has provided locally derived figures to inform these statistics. 

While the formal measure of performance against the 12 weeks treatment time guarantee applies to patients seen (completed waits), it is also worth noting that the number of patients waiting for treatment at a point in time is also an important measure in assessing NHS hospitals' performance.

Of those waiting at 31 March 2022, 44,798 (34%) had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This percentage has decreased from 35.1% at 31 December 2021 and is markedly down on the 68.7% average reported in 2019.

More information on the comparisons between patients seen (completed waits) and patients waiting (ongoing waits) can be seen in section 2 and in Appendix 1 of the full report from PHS.

Further information

Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011 - Scottish Government Response to Consultation on Secondary Legislation 

Waiting Times Statistics

Treatment Time Guarantee Statistics

Waiting Times Improvement Plan

Related National Outcomes

Page updated: 10 June 2022.

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