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September 2017

We carried out a consultation for our Chronic Pain Waiting Times publication with the completion deadline of 5 p.m. Friday 22nd September 2017.  We extended the deadline as some users had difficulty completing and submitting this consultation form.

As the consultation deadline was extended we now need to extend the time we need to review and prepare a report, this will be available on our website on 24 October 2017

March 2015

We are undertaking a consultation on the format, content and timeliness of the Cancer Waiting Times publication. The consultation will be open until 5 p.m. on Friday 15 May 2015.

Cancer Waiting Times - ConsultationDownload PDF file [114Kb]

February 2015

We are undertaking a consultation on the format and content of the IVF Waiting Times publication. The consultation will be open until 5 p.m. on Monday 6 April 2015.

IVF Waiting Time ConsultationDownload PDF file [87Kb]

A summary of the responses received to the above consultation and recommendations for the publication are included in this report. Summary of ReponsesDownload PDF file [276kb] [Added 28 May 2015]

August 2013

The Scottish Government has set a target for the NHS in Scotland to deliver a maximum 26 week waiting time from a patient's referral to treatment for specialist CAMH services from March 2013, reducing to 18 weeks from December 2014. Information for 26 weeks has been published quarterly since August 2012. Information for 18 weeks will be added into the publication from August 2013.

June 2013

We are undertaking a consultation on the proposed content and presentation for the first publication of Psychological Therapies waiting time statistics. The consultation will be open until 5 p.m. on Monday 8 July 2013. Read the consultation documentDownload PDF file [304kb].[Added 10 June 2013]

A summary of the responses received to the above consultation and recommendations for the publication are included in this report. Summary of ReponsesDownload PDF file [45kb] [Added 06 August 2013]

May 2013

Read the latest Psychological Therapies newsletter.

November 2012

Guidance and Scenario HEAT TargetDownload PDF file document now available for Psychological Therapies. This document will be updated with additional scenarios and guidance as required.

October 2012

We are undertaking a consultation on changes to the content and presentation of our Stage of Treatment Waiting Times publication. The consultation will be open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday 14th November 2012. Read the consultation documentDownload PDF file. [Added 15 October 2012]

ISD first published Inpatient, Day case and Outpatient Stage of Treatment Waiting Times Statistics in May 2008 for the quarter ending March 2008. Since that time, the publication tables have evolved as waiting times standards and targets have changed.

Most recently, from the 1 October 2012, the Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011 establishes a 12 week maximum waiting times for the treatment of all eligible patients who are due to receive planned treatment delivered on an inpatient or day case basis.

July 2012

Following a request by our customers, in our Inpatient, Day Case and New Outpatient Stage of Treatment waiting times August 2012 Publication, the data relating to waiting times for a new outpatient appointment or Inpatient or Day case admission will be broken down by month rather than quarter.

10 July 2012 - AHP Waiting Times in Scotland. A national census of all new patients attending outpatient and community services in Scotland for 1st AHP treatment was held between Monday 6th and Friday 10th February 2012. Findings from the census were published by ISD on Tuesday 10th July 2012.

March 2012

27 March 2012 - Cancer Waiting Times. In October 2008, the Scottish Government (SG) published Better Cancer Care - An Action Plan, where it announced it would:

  • Extend the 62-day urgent referral to treatment target to include screened positive and all patients referred urgently with a suspicion of cancer.
  • Introduce a new 31-day target for all patients diagnosed with cancer (whatever their route of referral) from decision to treat to treatment.

The target, that 95% of all eligible patients should wait no longer than 31 or 62 days, was achieved by December 2011; the timescale agreed by the Scottish Government. These targets are considered as National Standards from 1st April 2012.


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