18 Weeks Referral to Treatment

This dataset contains monthly summaries of whole journey waiting times across NHSScotland. The 18 Weeks Referral to Treatment (RTT) is a whole journey waiting time standard from initial referral to the start of treatment.

The Scottish Government has determined that the 18 Weeks RTT standard should be delivered for at least 90% of patients. Further information on the 18 Week RTT can be found in the quarterly publication. All publications and supporting material to this topic area can be found on the PHS 18 Weeks RTT Website.

The date of the next release can be found on our list of forthcoming publications.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Source Aggregate returns are submitted monthly from individual NHS Boards to ISD using a defined Excel template. These are derived from local systems and methods of linking whole pathways vary between Boards.
Author Waiting Times team
Version 1.0
Last Updated August 31, 2021, 09:32 (BST)
Created July 22, 2019, 08:49 (BST)
Contact Address Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9EB
Subject Access and Waiting Times
Frequency Quarterly
Time frame of data and timeliness Deadline for data submission is the 24th of each month, but files can be resubmitted up to 1 week before publication where the quality assurance process identifies differences with local figures.
Coverage Data covers all NHS health boards in Scotland since January 2011.
Completeness PHS is currently reviewing ways to compare these data against other sources including data submitted to the PHS national warehouse.
Accuracy PHS receives aggregate data from each NHS Board of Treatment, signed off as accurate by the Chief Executive.
Continuity of data Quarterly data is continuous comparable.
Concepts and definitions A release by the Scottish Government can be found on the 18 weeks RTT website (http://www.18weeks.scot.nhs.uk/)
Disclosure The PHS protocol on Statistical Disclosure Protocol (https://publichealthscotland.scot/publications/statistical-disclosure-control-protocol/) is followed.
Revision statement If NHS boards discover that data submitted for publication is incorrect, or that data are missing, further re-submissions can be made up until the publication submission deadline date. Any revised figures will then be reflected within the current publication. Figures contained within each publication may also be subject to change in future releases as submissions may be updated to reflect a more accurate and complete set of data. NHS Lothian RTT data is now available for July to December 2020. These figures have been included in this publication and NHSScotland totals have been amended to include these submissions.
Official statistics designation Official Statistics
Relevance and key uses of the statistics Waiting times are important to patients and are a measure of how the NHS is responding to demands for services. Measuring and regular reporting of waiting times highlights where there are delays in the system and enables monitoring of the effectiveness of NHS performance throughout the country. The NHS in Scotland has been set a number of targets for maximum waiting times. Other uses of the data include information requests for a variety of customers, e.g. research charities; public companies; freedom of Information requests; information support to NHS Boards; health intelligence work; parliamentary questions and LDP standards.
Format CSV
Language English
Links

Data Quality

18 Week RTT website

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