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HEAT Target

Current Status

During the quarter ending December 2014, 78.9% of children and young people were seen within 18 weeks.

HEAT Target

Deliver faster access to mental health services by delivering 26 weeks referral to treatment for specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) services from March 2013; reducing to 18 weeks from December 2014; and 18 weeks referral to treatment for Psychological Therapies from December 2014.

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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.

Further Information

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Waiting Times

Mental Health in Scotland

Related National Outcomes

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