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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 2021, 71.5% 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 25 May 2021 covers performance against the waiting time standards for first Outpatient appointments and Treatment Time Guarantee (TTG) for the same quarter. At the outset of the current COVID-19 pandemic NHS Board were asked to scale down all non-urgent elective treatment while maintaining a full cancer and urgent care service.  In these circumstances all non-urgent outpatient and inpatient/day case activity was paused for the initial period of the pandemic.  While many services are now starting to be gradually restarted the continued recording of data against these targets and standards is still impacted by this situation. 

During the quarter ending March 2021, 71.5% 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 2021.

NHS Board

Quarter ending March 2021

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

75.3%

NHS BORDERS

75.2%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

71.0%

NHS FIFE

79.2%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

65.2%

NHS GRAMPIAN

65.6%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

75.5%

NHS HIGHLAND

78.9%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

63.6%

NHS LOTHIAN

70.1%

NHS ORKNEY

76.9%

NHS SHETLAND

68.9%

NHS TAYSIDE*

59.6%

NHS WESTERN ISLES

68.9%

NHS NATIONAL WAITING TIMES CENTRE

78.3%

NHSSCOTLAND

71.5%

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.

As at 31 March 2021,  Three out of ten (34.7%) 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 64.5% as at 31 March 2020.

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: 27 May 2021.