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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics COVID-19 recovery plan, ambitions for referral to treatment waiting times

On the 26th April 2022 the Welsh Government published its programme for transforming and modernising planned care and reducing waiting lists in Wales. This plan sets out a number of key ambitions to reduce waiting times for people in Wales and the relevant data for referral to treatment times are published here.

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Click here to sortPatient pathways waiting longer than a year for a first outpatient appointmentThis is counted from the point a hospital receives a referral. To be achieved by the end of 2022Click here to sortPatient pathways waiting longer than two yearsTo be achieved for most specialities by March 2023Click here to sortPatient pathways waiting longer than a yearTo be achieved for most specialities by Spring 2025
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Metadata

Title

Key ambitions of the planned care recovery plan for referral to treatment waiting times by date, treatment function, ambition and local health board

Last update

18/04/2024 18/04/2024

Next update

23/05/2024

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Referral to treatment times (RTT), Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW)

Contact email

stats.healthinfo@gov.wales

Designation

National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local health boards

Geographical coverage

Local health boards

Languages covered

English and Welsh

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence

General description

On the 26th April 2022 the Welsh Government published its programme for transforming and modernising planned care and reducing waiting lists in Wales. This plan sets out a number of key ambitions to reduce waiting times for people in Wales and the relevant data for referral to treatment times are published here.



Data collection and calculation

The data presented draws on management information held by Local Health Boards relating to the management of patients who have been referred for hospital treatment. Guidance is provided to the NHS in Wales about how such patients should be managed and how to measure and report the relevant data. The data is reported monthly by Local Health Boards via the Digital Health and Care Wales Service (DHCW) switching service. The data collection has been in place since April 2007.

Frequency of publication

Monthly

Data reference periods

September 2011 onwards

Users, uses and context

Please find this information in the related statistical release, as per the given weblink.

Revisions information

Data for 12 months prior to publication is subject to revision. Any large or significant revisions to the data are noted in the ‘Notes for this month’s publication’ in the statistical release.

Keywords

RTT
Planned Care Recovery Plan
Waiting times
Pathways

Statistical quality

A referral to treatment pathway (RTT) covers the time waiting from referral to hospital for treatment and includes time spent waiting for any hospital appointments, tests, scans or other procedures that may be needed before being treated.

A patient pathway opens, and a waiting time begins, at the point a hospital receives a referral. Referrals are most commonly submitted by GPs but may also come from other health care professionals. The main activity measure for referral to treatment time is a count of the number of patient pathways which are open at the end of each month. This can be thought of as ‘the waiting list’.

A patient pathway is closed if either the patient starts treatment, or if following consultation with a hospital specialist, no hospital treatment is necessary. This could include:

patient admitted to hospital for an operation or treatment
starting treatment that does not need a stay in hospital (for example, medication or physiotherapy)
beginning the fitting of a medical device such as leg braces
starting an agreed period of time to monitor the patient’s condition to assess the need for further treatment
Patients with complex needs may have referrals for multiple types of treatments so may have many pathways opened and will appear in the dataset more than one time. This means that the same patient can have different pathways counted in the calculations for both targets.

Name

HLTH0084