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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
Sep-201131611,696
Oct-2011340.The data item is not applicable1,691
Nov-2011243.The data item is not applicable1,787
Dec-201139021,913
Jan-201214771,575
Feb-2012231121,251
Mar-201233480
Apr-201228535
May-201219528
Jun-2012112546
Jul-2012418542
Aug-2012122531
Sep-2012.The data item is not applicable21478
Oct-2012325550
Nov-2012.The data item is not applicable22574
Dec-2012321561
Jan-2013218599
Feb-2013818709
Mar-2013209797
Apr-201345111,071
May-201377101,324
Jun-201359131,342
Jul-201342201,388
Aug-201362261,365
Sep-201331251,137
Oct-20132121985
Nov-20132520976
Dec-201339171,233
Jan-201444161,402
Feb-201455101,489
Mar-20142111,021
Apr-2014815988
May-201434151,164
Jun-201431151,231
Jul-201453231,480
Aug-2014110341,919
Sep-2014168632,065
Oct-2014276472,478
Nov-2014297632,588
Dec-2014313713,032
Jan-2015307763,335
Feb-2015333793,623
Mar-2015206812,896
Apr-2015426903,474
May-20155021133,857
Jun-2015613943,860
Jul-2015624914,267
Aug-2015605774,437
Sep-2015770744,499
Oct-2015851744,781
Nov-2015790774,788
Dec-2015703815,042
Jan-2016634914,810
Feb-2016350904,301
Mar-2016152843,636
Apr-2016189883,815
May-2016203863,957
Jun-2016212913,983
Jul-20162291054,239
Aug-20162311064,537
Sep-20162061194,478
Oct-20162331204,606
Nov-20162531164,570
Dec-20162911224,872
Jan-20171941274,651
Feb-20171601284,508
Mar-2017671283,594
Apr-2017811333,929
May-2017851414,300
Jun-2017951434,197
Jul-20171351494,380
Aug-20172521605,039
Sep-20173091615,092
Oct-20173901635,232
Nov-20175741675,372
Dec-20177611985,928
Jan-20184201775,533
Feb-20182831745,339
Mar-2018311744,745
Apr-2018411814,656
May-2018301734,670
Jun-2018231644,261
Jul-2018301774,296
Aug-2018381814,530
Sep-2018411804,402
Oct-2018541884,180
Nov-20181151864,186
Dec-20181912034,410
Jan-20192672074,258
Feb-20193321724,057
Mar-20191901663,428
Apr-20191631673,421
May-20191451693,695
Jun-2019881623,641
Jul-20191352083,836
Aug-20192301924,197
Sep-20192492114,312
Oct-20194762114,779
Nov-20197512165,342
Dec-20191,0862216,221
Jan-20201,1152346,460
Feb-20201,2382416,726
Mar-20201,4572797,561
Apr-20202,17135010,297
May-20203,19852614,107
Jun-20204,39168318,647
Jul-20207,27588026,866
Aug-202012,6331,09639,682
Sep-202021,5711,31455,506
Oct-202034,6081,68076,612
Nov-202046,0572,11294,827
Dec-202059,3992,783116,150
Jan-202171,1583,865135,368
Feb-202186,0994,771158,181
Mar-202198,9726,126177,655
Apr-202197,8127,666174,094
May-202195,7929,775169,841
Jun-202194,13512,173166,359
Jul-202196,09515,790167,586
Aug-202198,89620,899170,524
Sep-2021100,00427,641172,918
Oct-2021101,16735,568175,416
Nov-202199,26942,616173,635
Dec-202196,29149,692173,053
Jan-202293,88356,515170,238
Feb-202292,13064,102168,521
Mar-202291,13570,417168,495
Apr-202293,07768,032171,409
May-202295,72065,053176,314
Jun-202297,88262,136177,964
Jul-2022101,10660,557181,390

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

22/09/2022 22/09/2022

Next update

20/10/2022

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

Keywords

RTT
Planned Care Recovery Plan
Waiting times
Pathways

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.

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.