Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times

Data reflecting the time a patient waits between being referred for drug and/or alcohol treatment and recieving their first treatment appointment. The Scottish Government set a standard that 90% of people referred for help with their drug or alcohol problem will wait no longer than three weeks for treatment that supports their recovery.

All publications and supporting material to this topic area can be found on the PHS Data and Intelligence - Substance Use page. The date of the next release can be found on our list of forthcoming publications.

On 1st December 2020 NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Grampian, and NHS Western Isles began using the Drug and Alcohol Information System (DAISy), a new national database for Scotland. It is expected that the remaining NHS Boards will transfer to DAISy in April 2021. DAISy holds data in relation to drug and alcohol treatments and waiting times from services throughout Scotland delivering tier 3 and 4 interventions. DAISy replaces the previous systems:

• Drug & Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times (DATWT)

• Scottish Drug Misuse Database (SDMD)

In order to allow sufficient time for quality assurance work to be undertaken, data for referrals received during December 2020 for the above 4 NHS Boards has not been included in this data. Information for October to December will be revised in the next publication which is due to be published in June 2021.

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Additional Info

Field Value
Source Drug and Alcohol Information System (DAISy)
Author Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times, Public Health Scotland
Last Updated June 29, 2021, 14:30 (BST)
Created April 1, 2020, 12:30 (BST)
Contact Address Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9EB
Subject Substance misuse, Service Access, Waiting Times
Frequency Quarterly
Time frame of data and timeliness 1 Quarter in arrears
Coverage Covers all drug and alcohol treatment waiting times from Q4 2018 to the most recent completed quarter.
Completeness Data is subject to Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) compliance. Non-compliant services will not have there data included. Compliance can be seen in quarterly publications found at: https://publichealthscotland.scot/publications/national-drug-and-alcohol-treatment-waiting-times/. On 1st December 2020 NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Grampian, and NHS Western Isles began using the Drug and Alcohol Information System (DAISy), a new national database for Scotland. In order to allow sufficient time for quality assurance work to be undertaken, data for referrals received during December 2020 for the above 4 NHS Boards has not been included in this data. Information for October to December will be revised in the next publication which is due to be published in June 2021.
Accuracy Data will be updated for the most recent 5 quarters i.e. Q42019 back to Q42018 inclusive. Data before is unlikley to undergo significant change so will not be updated.
Continuity of data Data is extracted from a live database which is updated and altered regularly. This results in data being acurate as of time of publication. Each publication updates and calculates waiting times for the most recent 5 quarters i.e. Q42019 back to Q42018 inclusive. On 1st December 2020 NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Grampian, and NHS Western Isles began using the Drug and Alcohol Information System (DAISy), a new national database for Scotland. It is expected that the remaining NHS Boards will transfer to DAISy in April 2021. DAISy holds data in relation to drug and alcohol treatments and waiting times from services throughout Scotland delivering tier 3 and 4 interventions. DAISy replaces the previous systems: • Drug & Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times (DATWT); • Scottish Drug Misuse Database (SDMD)
Concepts and definitions Definitions can be found in the most recent National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times publication.
Disclosure The PHS protocol on Statistical Disclosure Protocol is followed.
Revision statement Figures contained within each release may be subject to change in future releases. See PHS Statistical Revisions Policy (https://beta.isdscotland.org/media/4106/isd-revisions-policy-v04.pdf). If NHS boards discover that data submitted 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.
Official statistics designation National 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 demand 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 Boards; parliamentary questions.
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Language English
Links

The most recent Drug and alcohol treatment waiting times publication

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