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Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times

Current National Performance

In the quarter ending September 2018, 94.2 per cent of clients who had started their first treatment for drug or alcohol use had waited 3 weeks or less.

LDP Standard

90 per cent of clients will wait no longer than 3 weeks from referral received to appropriate drug or alcohol treatment that supports their recovery.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times LDP Standard

Why is this LDP Standard important?

The original Drug & Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times HEAT Target was established to ensure more people recover from drug and alcohol problems so that they can live longer, healthier lives, realising their potential and making a positive contribution to society and the economy. The first stage in supporting people to recover from drug and alcohol problems is to provide a wide range of services and interventions for individuals and their families that are recovery-focused, good quality and that can be accessed when and where they are needed.

To support sustained performance across all areas in Scotland, in both community and prison settings, we expect that 90% of individuals will be able to access appropriate treatment to support their recovery within 3 weeks of referral. As a quality measure and to ensure equity, it is further expected that nobody should wait longer than 6 weeks to receive appropriate treatment.

How are we performing?

The standard is that 90 per cent of clients will wait no longer than 3 weeks from referral received to appropriate drug or alcohol treatment that supports their recovery.

For the quarter ending September 2018, 94.2 per cent of patients were seen within 3 weeks of referral.

The graph below shows national performance on the Drug & Alcohol standard since quarter ending September 2016.

Dec 2018 DAWT

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 Drug & Alcohol treatment within 3 weeks of referral, by NHS Board, for quarter ending September 2018.

NHS Board

Quarter ending September 2018

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

98.5%

NHS BORDERS

95.1%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

95.1%

NHS FIFE

98.5%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

99.2%

NHS GRAMPIAN

89.5%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

95.3%

NHS HIGHLAND

89.1%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

97.4%

NHS LOTHIAN

81.6%

NHS ORKNEY

100.0%

NHS SHETLAND

100.0%

NHS TAYSIDE

93.4%

NHS WESTERN ISLES

86.7%

NHSSCOTLAND

94.2%

Source: ISD Scotland Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times Database

 

Further Information

The Road to Recovery: A New Approach to Tackling Scotland's Drug Problem

Changing Scotland's Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action

National drug and alcohol treatment waiting times statistics

Related National Outcomes