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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
Treatment time guarantee

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 2020, 68.7% 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”.

During the quarter ending March 2020, 68.7% 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.

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 2020.

NHS Board

Quarter ending March 2020

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

77.0%

NHS BORDERS

85.7%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

72.7%

NHS FIFE

71.8%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

69.6%

NHS GRAMPIAN

58.8%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

69.2%

NHS HIGHLAND

58.2%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

66.5%

NHS LOTHIAN

75.2%

NHS ORKNEY

83.6%

NHS SHETLAND

86.3%

NHS TAYSIDE*

55.5%

NHS WESTERN ISLES

100.0%

NHS NATIONAL WAITING TIMES CENTRE

63.2%

NHSSCOTLAND

68.7%

Source: National Waiting Times Data Warehouse

* Due to technical problems experienced with data submitted to the ISD 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.

As at 31 March 2020, almost seven out of ten (64.4%) of patients who were waiting (ongoing waits) for their Inpatient/Day case appointment, had to that date, waited less than 12 weeks. This compares with 70.8% as at 30 March 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 ISD.

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: 27 May 2020.