Patient pathways waiting to start treatment by month and grouped weeks
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TitleCombined Referral to Treatment waiting times - patients waiting (September 2011 onwards)
Last update20 April 2017
Next update18 May 2017
Publishing organisationWelsh Government
Source 1Referral to treatment times (RTT), NHS Wales Informatics Services (NWIS)
Lowest level of geographical disaggregationLocal health boards
Languages coveredEnglish and Welsh
Data licensingYou 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 descriptionThis table provides the current data on referral to treatment waiting times for patient pathways waiting (open pathway) to start treatment by grouped weeks.
In March 2016, we changed some of the terminology used in referral to treatment reporting. Previously, when publishing these statistics, we used the terminology ‘patients’. However, some users misinterpreted this as unique patients. It is possible that a person could be on a number of different lists waiting for different conditions – i.e. there would be one patient but more than one pathway. Due to the RTT dataset being an aggregate data collection we’re not able to measure the number of unique patients. Therefore, we are using the terminology ‘patient pathways’, to better reflect the fact that one person can be on multiple waiting lists. The methodology use to measure and calculate these statistics has not changed. This is also more consistent with the other nations of the UK in their reporting of RTT.
From April 2016, there has been a change in the treatment function codes submitted by the local health boards.
Prior to February 2017, rheumatology data for Betsi Cadwaladr has been over reported due to the fact that they erroneously included DEXA scans in the data they submitted. From February 2017 onwards the data submitted by the health board is correct. The health board is currently investigating whether it will be possible to resubmit their historic data excluding DEXA scans, as these are not reportable under RTT.
Data collection and calculationPlease find this information in the related statistical release, as per the given weblink.
Frequency of publicationMonthly
Data reference periodsSeptember 2011 onwards
Users, uses and contextPlease find this information in the related statistical release, as per the given weblink.
Rounding appliedBetsi Cadwaladr have resubmitted data for paediatric surgery in November 2016, December 2016 and January 2017. Powys Teaching have resubmitted cardiology data for January 2017
Revisions informationBetsi Cadwaladr have resubmitted data for paediatric surgery in November 2016, December 2016 and January 2017. Powys Teaching have resubmitted cardiology data for January 2017
Statistical qualityPlease find this information in the related statistical release, as per the given weblink.
WeblinksThe most recent statistical release can be found on the following weblink: