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.