Mental health waiting times improving despite return to pre-pandemic demand level

It shows the percentage of patients who started treatment for Psychological Therapies within 18 weeks in Scotland
Percentage of patients who started treatment for Psychological Therapies within 18 weeks of referral by quarter in NHSScotland:

From NHS Scotland:

For the quarter ending March 2021:

  • 18,030 people started psychological therapies treatment in NHS Boards and NHS 24. This is an increase of 5.9% (1,007) from the previous quarter, and a decrease of 1.3% (238) from the same quarter the previous year.  Half of the people started their treatment within 3 weeks.
  • Four out of five (80.4%) people started their treatment within 18 weeks, compared to 80.0% for the previous quarter, and 77.6% for the quarter ending March 2020. The Scottish Government standard states that 90% of people should start their treatment within 18 weeks of referral to psychological therapies.

The number of referrals is similar to pre-COVID-19 levels, with 36,956 people being referred for psychological therapies.

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