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 Psychological Therapies patients to start treatment within 18 weeks of referral by the quarter ending March 2015. Waiting times information for Psychological Therapies is still at an early stage of development. NHS Boards are working with ISD and the Scottish Government to improve the consistency and completeness of the information. To report on Psychological Therapies waiting times, NHS Boards have had to develop, for the first time, systems to measure Psychological Therapies waiting times from referral to treatment. During the quarter ending December 2014, 10,500 patients started treatment for Psychological Therapies in Scotland. The initial estimates from data at an early stage of development indicate that 81.4 per cent of people were seen within 18 weeks.
The first link below, entitled “Waiting Times Publications” leads to the most recent report providing further information on Psychological Therapies waiting times for the quarter ending December 2014, including by NHS Board.
Waiting Times Publications
Mental Health in Scotland
Mental Health summary statistics
Related National Outcomes