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CAMHS Waiting Times

Current National Performance

In the quarter ending March 2019, 73.6% of children and young people were seen within 18 weeks.

LDP Standard

90 per cent of young people to commence treatment for specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health services within 18 weeks of referral.

CAMHS Waiting Times LDP Standard

Why is this LDP Standard important?

Timely access to healthcare is a key measure of quality and that applies equally in respect of access to mental health services. Early action is more likely to result in full recovery and in the case of children and young people will also minimise the impact on other aspects of their development such as their education, so improving their wider social development outcomes.

How are we performing?

The standard is for at least 90% of young people to start CAMHS treatment within 18 weeks of referral.

During the quarter ending March 2019, 4,237 children and young people started treatment at CAMHS in Scotland and 73.6% were seen within 18 weeks.

The graph below shows national performance on the CAMHS standard since quarter ending March 2017.

June 2019 CAMHS

NHS Board level performance is shown for the most recent time period in the table below.

The table below shows the percentage of people who started CAMHS treatment within 18 weeks of referral, by NHS Board, for quarter ending March 2019.

NHS Board

Quarter ending March 2019

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

81.6%

NHS BORDERS

40.0%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

90.1%

NHS FIFE

72.8%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

91.8%

NHS GRAMPIAN

43.3%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

80.6%

NHS HIGHLAND

81.4%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

76.6%

NHS LOTHIAN

69.1%

NHS TAYSIDE

57.9%

NHS ISLAND BOARDS 1

92.2%

NHSSCOTLAND 

73.6%

Source: ISD CAMHS Waiting Times database

1 NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland and NHS Western Isles have been combined due to small numbers and disclosure reasons.

 

Further Information

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Waiting Times

Mental Health in Scotland

Related National Outcomes