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Drugs and Alcohol

Waiting Times

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Drugs and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times (DATWT) are a measure of performance and response to demands for services across the different NHS Boards in Scotland.

The National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times Report publishes details on:

  • The number of people waiting for treatment
  • The time waited to start drug or alcohol treatment
  • Information on specific interventions being accessed

The latest Drug and Alcohol Waiting Times publication can be found here

For more information on National drug and alcohol treatment waiting times please see the links to the left or the following documents:

Download PDF fileRecalculation of waits - October 2011 [59Kb]
Download Powerpoint fileDATWT Powerpoint Training Aid - November 2011 [2Mb]
Download PDF fileIntroduction to DATWT [23Kb]
Download PDF fileGuidance Notes - October 2011 [240Kb]
Download PDF fileHEAT A11: Updated Drug & Alcohol Treatment Types - 2010 [500Kb]
Download PDF fileSystem Reports Guidance - Draft - May 2011 [340Kb]
Download PDF fileHow we use Personal Information Leaflet - July 2011 [33Kb]
Download PDF fileQuality Assurance Guidance - July 2011 [34Kb]
Download PDF fileUse of Anonymous Clients option - July 2011 [34Kb]

Access to the training version of the system can be found at

Further information on Drug and Alcohol misuse, including latest publications, can be found at the ISD Drug and Alcohol misuse pages or at the ScotPHO sections on Alcohol or Drugs.

Current Standard

The Scottish Government set a national HEAT Target (Health improvement, Efficiency, Access, Treatment) for Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times. This target stated that by March 2013, 90% of people who need help with their drug or alcohol problem will wait no longer than 3 weeks from referral received to appropriate drug or alcohol treatment that supports their recovery.

Performance against this target was achieved by March 2013; the timescale agreed by the Scottish Government. This target is considered as a National Standard from 1st April 2013.

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