Why is this HEAT target 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?
Target due for delivery from December 2014
The target is for at least 90% of young people to start CAMH services treatment within 18 weeks by the quarter ending March 2015. During the quarter ending December 2014, 4,100 children and young people started treatment at CAMH services in Scotland (excluding NHS Highland and NHS Lothian (July only)) and 78.9% were seen within 18 weeks.
The percentage of people who started treatment at CAMH services in Scotland within 18 weeks of referral for the quarter ending December 2014 are shown in the following table:
|NHS Board ||Quarter ending December 2014 |
|NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN ||87.8% |
|NHS BORDERS ||99.4% |
|NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY ||100.0% |
|NHS FIFE ||76.7% |
|NHS FORTH VALLEY ||56.6% |
|NHS GRAMPIAN ||51.1% |
|NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE ||98.7% |
|NHS HIGHLAND ||94.4% |
|NHS LANARKSHIRE ||88.1% |
|NHS LOTHIAN ||54.2% |
|NHS ORKNEY ||100.0% |
|NHS SHETLAND ||90.0% |
|NHS TAYSIDE ||52.1% |
|NHS WESTERN ISLES ||100.0% |
|NHSSCOTLAND ||78.9% |
The link below provides further information on CAMH service waiting times for the quarter ending December 2014, including by NHS Board.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Waiting Times
Mental Health in Scotland
Related National Outcomes
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