Psychological Therapies Waiting Times

Psychological therapies refer to a range of interventions, based on psychological concepts and theory, which are designed to help people understand and make changes to their thinking, behaviour and relationships in order to relieve distress and to improve functioning. The target applies specifically to psychological therapies for treatment of a mental illness or disorder.

The Psychological Therapies service are subject to deliver an 18 week wait from referral to treatment for specialist services this has been the standard since December 2014. This supersedes the previous target of 26 weeks. The data shows the performances of the board in relation to this standard.

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Author Psychological Therapies Team
Last Updated April 2, 2024, 09:35 (BST)
Created April 30, 2019, 18:20 (BST)
Contact Address Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9EB
Subject Waiting Times
Frequency Quarterly
Time frame of data and timeliness Data from January 2014
Coverage NHS Board level Data
Completeness 100% of submitted data are used for analysis and publication
Accuracy PHS only receives aggregate data from each NHS Board. Although aggregated data cannot be systematically validated by PHS, reported data are compared to previous figures and to expected trends. Derivation of the figures and data accuracy are matters for individual NHS Boards. Whilst NHS Boards are developing their systems to improve the completeness and consistency of these data NHS Board figures may not be directly comparable.
Continuity of data From February 2017, NHS 24 Living Life data is included
Concepts and definitions Adjusted: This is how long a person waited after taking into account any periods they were unavailable and any appointments that they missed or rearranged. If a person has no periods of unavailability and attends on the first date that they accept, then no adjustments are made to their waiting time
Disclosure The PHS protocol on Statistical Disclosure Protocol is followed
Revision statement Figures contained within each release may also be subject to change due to resubmission and board corrections
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 standards for maximum waiting times. The standard for Psycological Therapy Mental Health Waiting Times is 18 weeks from referral to treatment
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Language English

England Psychological Therapies Waiting Times


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