Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times

This data provides a quarterly update on waiting times for people accessing specialist drug and alcohol treatment services. In 2011, the Scottish Government set a standard that 90% of people referred for help with problematic drug or alcohol use will wait no longer than three weeks for specialist treatment that supports their recovery. This data was extracted from the new Drug and Alcohol Information System (DAISy) and its predecessor the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times (DATWT) database. DAISy was implemented in four NHS Boards (Ayrshire & Arran, Dumfries & Galloway, Grampian and Western Isles) from December 2020, and was available in all NHS Boards from April 2021.

All publications and supporting material to this topic area can be found on Public Health Scotland Substance Use page. The date of the next release can be found on our list of forthcoming publications.

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Sumber Drug and Alcohol Information System (DAISy) and the Drug and Alcohol Waiting Times (DATWT) Database.
Pembuat Drugs Team, Public Health Scotland
Last Updated June 28, 2022, 09:33 (BST)
Dibuat April 1, 2020, 12:30 (BST)
Contact Address Public Health Scotland Drugs Team, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9EB
Subject Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times
Frequency Quarterly
Time frame of data and timeliness 1 quarter in arrears
Coverage Drug and alcohol treatment waiting times for the most recent five quarters, 2020/21 quarter 2 to 2021/22 quarter 2. Data are broken down by community based and prison based services, at NHS board and Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADP) level.
Completeness Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) have the responsibility of ensuring services are submitting accurate and up-to-date information. Services are excluded from these data tables where ADPs were unable to confirm that their data were accurate and up-to-date. Details on the number of individual services within ADPs that have been excluded due to the absence of complete data can be found in the quarterly publications, (see link 1 below).
Accuracy Quality checks are conducted by Public Health Scotland. Figures are compared to previously published data and expected trends.
Continuity of data These data were extracted from the new Drug and Alcohol Information System (DAISy) and its predecessor the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times (DATWT) database. DAISy introduced changes to how data is captured and these should be kept in mind when making comparisons with historic data. First, a "co-dependency" user type was added for cases where the referral relates to treatment for both alcohol and drug use. Second, a new continuation of care process was introduced, which affects how referrals are recorded when people move between services. It is anticipated that this will result in a decrease in the number of new referrals being recorded in DAISy compared to previous processes in place for the DATWT database.
Concepts and definitions Definitions can be found in the most recent National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times publication.
Disclosure The Public Health Scotland Statistical Disclosure Control Protocol was followed, (see link 2 below).
Revision statement All data are revised quarterly to reflect any changes and to ensure the most complete information is presented. Figures contained within each release may be subject to change in future releases as data submissions from ADPs may be updated to confirm data for services are accurate and up-to-date.
Official statistics designation National Statistics
Relevance and key uses of the statistics Relevant to understanding access to specialist drug and alcohol treatment services. Waiting times are important to patients and are a high profile measure of how the NHS in Scotland is responding to demand for services. Statistics will be used for policy making, service planning, and research. They are also of wider public interest.
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Language English
Links

1) https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/lifestyle-and-behaviours/substance-use/ 2) https://publichealthscotland.scot/publications/statistical-disclosure-protocol/statistical-disclosure-protocol/

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