83% receive psychological therapies within target despite large increase in demand

Figure 1 shows the percentage of patients who started treatment for Psychological Therapies within 18 weeks in Scotland
https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/psychological-therapies-waiting-times/psychological-therapies-waiting-times-quarter-ending-june-2021/

In July 2021, 19,587 people started psychological therapies treatment in NHS Boards and NHS 24. This is an increase of 8.1% (1,464) from the previous quarter, and also an increase of 81.0% (8,767) from the same quarter the previous year.

Half of the people started their treatment within 2 weeks. More than four out of five (82.7%) people started their treatment within 18 weeks, compared to 80.5% for the previous quarter, and 74.7% for the quarter ending June 2020. 

This is another great achievement by NHS Scotland which the opposition parties will try to present as a failure because an essentially aspirational target, probably higher than any other country could manage, was not met.

3 thoughts on “83% receive psychological therapies within target despite large increase in demand

  1. “This is another great achievement by NHS Scotland which the opposition parties will try to present as a failure…”

    Now you don’t know that.

    They may simply say the increase in numbers requiring referral obviously proves that ScotGov is failing.

    (You know, I feel that I’m really getting the hang of this looking at the opposition through jaundiced-coloured glasses now… 😀 )

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  2. There are psychology counsellors being assigned to Secondary schools. It helps the children with additional needs and others. They made need some help to cope in difficult circumstances. It can really help the pupils to understand many difficulties and have a better life.

    There are further plans to extend the service to primary schools. Helping the pupils funded by the Scottish Gov. It is a great help in many schools to lead to a better understanding and education. It can really help the busy teachers. By giving additional help to the children who need it or might be facing a crisis. A death, a separation or other matters. In order to help deal with it.

    There are more classroom assistants being specialist trained to help extended nursery services. An extensive, comprehensive course under supervision. A further help for busy parents and carers to cope better.

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  3. These excellent figures do have a down-side – they push more Opposition spokespersons into Therapy because they are finding it more and more disheartening that the Scottish NHS is NOT collapsing like they claim .
    It’s not fair !
    The Herald may have to fiddle the figures to get a good negative headline !

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