Stage of Treatment Waiting Times
Data and Resources
Information on completed inpatient, day case and outpatient stage of...
Information on ongoing inpatient, day case and outpatient stage of treatment...
Distribution of Completed WaitsCSV
Information on the distribution of completed wait lengths, for inpatient, day...
Distribution of Ongoing WaitsCSV
Information on the distribution of ongoing wait lengths, for inpatient, day...
Non-Attendance Rates – Inpatient and DaycaseCSV
Information on Did Not Attend and Could Not Attend Rates for Inpatient and...
Non-Attendance Rates – New OutpatientsCSV
Information on Could Not Attend and Cancellation by Service Rates for New...
Additions and RemovalsCSV
Information on additions and reasons for removal from the waiting list, for...
Unavailability – Inpatient and DaycaseCSV
Information on unavailability for treatment of Inpatient and Daycase...
Unavailability – New OutpatientsCSV
Information on unavailability for treatment of New Outpatients, presented at...
|Waiting Times Data Warehouse. Homeopathy, mental health and obstetrics specialties are not included. Data from 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2014, for Inpatient and Day case admissions was sourced via aggregate returns from NHS Boards. NHS Boards local systems have since been modified to comply with TTG, and data from 1 April 2014 is sourced from the warehouse again.
|February 27, 2024, 09:38 (GMT)
|March 20, 2020, 14:39 (GMT)
|Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9EB
|NHS Waiting Times
|Time frame of data and timeliness
|Data from 1 January 2008 to date. There have been no delays in reporting.
|Covers all NHS Boards in Scotland
|PHS carried out a project in 2009 to quantify and understand the differences between New Ways and other PHS data sources (SMR00, SMR01 and ISD(S)1). Provisional analysis of refresh data showed that approximately 98% of data submitted to the Warehouse is published.
|Detailed information on validation is available at the PHS Website (See Link 1). The data is subject to a sign-off procedure each quarter before publication where the data for the previous quarter is confirmed by the submitting Board. PHS carry out detailed fitness for publication evaluation every quarter including comparisons to previous figures and expected trends. ISD also check outputs from two different analytical tools. PHS carried out a project in 2009 to quantify and understand the differences between New Ways and other PHS data sources (SMR00, SMR01 and ISD(S)1). PHS carried out an audit of New Ways data quality in 2008 and the details can be found here under the heading 'Data Quality Assessment Project' at the Data Quality webpage on the PHS website (See Link 2).
|Continuity of data
|Since 1992, there have been several significant changes in waiting times. Prior to 2008, data were derived using different rules that are not comparable with New Ways. From February 2010 publication PHS have implemented the 'Refresh Project' (See Link 3), the key aim of which was to increase the usefulness of the New Ways Warehouse to NHS Boards, PHS and to the Scottish Government. Then from 1 October 2012, the introduction of Treatment Time Guarantee resulted in further changes. A full history of waiting times is available in Waiting Times & Waiting List History (See Link 4). Homeopathy, mental health and obstetrics specialties are not included. Data from 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2014, for Inpatient and Day case admissions were sourced via aggregate returns from NHS Boards. NHS Boards local systems have since been modified to comply with TTG, and data from 1 April 2014 are sourced from the warehouse again. The distribution of waits files have been updated to include 4-week wait length bands up to 52 weeks and 13-week wait length bands from over 52 weeks up to more than 104 weeks, where previously these files showed the breakdown in 3-week time bands up to 52 weeks and over. In this release, there is a change to the inclusion criteria with respect to the counts of patient waits that are reported to be ongoing at the end of a month or quarter, i.e. the waiting list size. Waits of patients on a waiting list that are transferred to another Board, hospital or speciality in order to be seen at a new outpatient clinic or admitted for treatment as an inpatient or day case are now included in ongoing figures. Historically, these waits would be removed from the count of ongoing waits in the publication release that followed the recording of a transfer to avoid duplication. However, recent analysis indicates the reporting of such transferred waits is inconsistent across NHS Boards and services. Whilst investigations into this matter continue, it is now appropriate to include transferred waits within the count of ongoing waits as the impact of duplication is minimal.
|Concepts and definitions
|The Waiting Times Data Warehouse consists of a series of 'open' records for patients still waiting for treatment and 'closed' records when patients are removed from the waiting list. All patients who are added to a waiting list for inpatient or day case treatment, for a new outpatient appointment at a consultant or dentist-led clinic or for a return outpatient appointment where a procedure is expected to be carried out should be included. Specialties with a low volume of patients at Scotland level have been excluded from the specialty breakdown therefore the specialty breakdown will not match the total presented under 'All Specialties'. The specialty breakdown figures will also differ slightly from the publication due to the open data being broken down to three digit specialty code whereas the publication is present at two digit level. New Ways Definitional Rules and Guidance is available: New Ways Rules & Guidance (5) TTG rules and guidance is available in the following documents: Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011 (6) The Regulations and Directions under the Act - CEL 17 (2012) (7) The Regulations (Amended) under the Act - Amendment Regulations (2014) (8) The Directions under the Act - Directions (2019) (9) Treatment Time Guarantee Guidance – CEL 32 (2012) (10) Updated version of the NHSScotland Waiting Time Guidance – CEL 33 (2012) (11)
|The PHS protocol on Statistical Disclosure Protocol (12) is followed.
|Due to the live nature of local Patient Management Systems and the national datamart, historical trend data are routinely refreshed from one publication to the next, leading to slight revisions in statistics, particularly those for the previous quarter end. Across NHSScotland, the net effect of all revisions for new outpatients was an increase of 0.9% (+3,761) in the number of additions to list, 0.9% (+4,824) in the number of ongoing waits and 0.2% (+574) in the number of attendances compared to previously published figures for quarter ending 30 September 2023. Drawing the same comparison for inpatient and day case treatment, the net effect was an increase of 3.1% (+2,382) additions to list, 1.4% (+2,162) ongoing waits and 0.1% (+79) admissions. For more information, please see the Data quality section of the Public Health Scotland website (https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/stage-of-treatment-waiting-times-data-quality-issues/).
|Official statistics designation
|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 including from 1 October 2012, Treatment Time Guarantee. 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 NHS Performs.
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