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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Percentage of patient pathways waiting to start treatment within target time by month and grouped weeks

Note that data included in this statistical release covers a time period during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has affected both how some NHS services have been offered and people's choices regarding health services. See the latest release for more information.

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[Collapse]Treatment FunctionFrom April 2016 the Treatment Function Codes have changed. 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, which are not reportable under RTT.  From February 2017 onwards the data submitted by the health board is correct.[Filtered]
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Date[Filter]
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Sep-201191.56.61.9
Oct-201192.06.11.9
Nov-201192.06.02.0
Dec-2011December 2011 to February 2012 figures for Aneurin Bevan for those waiting to start treatment and those treated, as well as March 2012 figures for those treated, are estimated using their data for November 2011. Also, the data since April 2012 for those treated is not fully validated. This is following the implementation of a new Patient Administration System at the end of 2011.91.46.62.0
Jan-2012December 2011 to February 2012 figures for Aneurin Bevan for those waiting to start treatment and those treated, as well as March 2012 figures for those treated, are estimated using their data for November 2011. Also, the data since April 2012 for those treated is not fully validated. This is following the implementation of a new Patient Administration System at the end of 2011.92.36.01.7
Feb-2012December 2011 to February 2012 figures for Aneurin Bevan for those waiting to start treatment and those treated, as well as March 2012 figures for those treated, are estimated using their data for November 2011. Also, the data since April 2012 for those treated is not fully validated. This is following the implementation of a new Patient Administration System at the end of 2011.93.15.61.3
Mar-201294.05.50.4
Apr-201293.65.80.5
May-201293.46.10.6
Jun-201293.06.30.7
Jul-201293.16.20.8
Aug-201291.97.20.8
Sep-201291.18.10.8
Oct-201291.57.60.9
Nov-201291.17.71.1
Dec-201290.68.01.4
Jan-201390.77.51.8
Feb-201391.56.81.7
Mar-201391.57.11.4
Apr-201390.37.81.9
May-201389.38.52.2
Jun-201389.87.72.5
Jul-201390.17.32.7
Aug-201388.68.23.1
Sep-201388.48.82.8
Oct-201388.28.93.0
Nov-201388.08.83.2
Dec-201386.69.83.5
Jan-201486.89.33.9
Feb-201487.98.43.7
Mar-201488.98.62.5
Apr-201487.79.33.0
May-201486.310.13.6
Jun-201487.38.93.8
Jul-201487.28.74.1
Aug-201486.09.44.6
Sep-201485.79.94.3
Oct-201486.29.24.6
Nov-201486.39.04.6
Dec-201485.19.85.0
Jan-201584.310.05.7
Feb-201585.39.15.6
Mar-201586.29.34.5
Apr-201584.99.85.3
May-201583.810.45.9
Jun-201584.89.45.8
Jul-201585.18.86.2
Aug-201584.39.36.4
Sep-201583.810.65.7
Oct-2015October 2015 figures for the specialities Allied Health Professionals and Diagnostic Services for the Cwm Taf University LHB could not be accurately provided. Therefore, figures for September 2015 have been used as estimates.84.010.15.9
Nov-201584.79.45.9
Dec-201583.510.56.0
Jan-201684.09.96.1
Feb-201686.18.65.3
Mar-201686.89.14.0
Apr-2016From April 2016, there has been a change in the treatment function codes submitted by the Local Health Boards.86.39.34.5
May-201686.09.54.5
Jun-201687.18.84.0
Jul-201686.98.64.5
Aug-201685.79.44.9
Sep-201686.19.84.0
Oct-201685.89.74.6
Nov-201686.29.24.6
Dec-201685.110.34.6
Jan-201785.79.35.0
Feb-2017Prior 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, which are not reportable under RTT.  From February 2017 onwards the data submitted by the health board is correct.87.08.54.5
Mar-201788.09.22.8
Apr-2017April 2017 figures for the specialities Allied Health Professionals and Diagnostic Services for the Cwm Taf University LHB could not be accurately provided. Therefore, figures for March 2017 have been used as estimates.86.79.53.8
May-201785.910.04.1
Jun-201786.89.53.7
Jul-201786.78.94.4
Aug-201785.29.94.9
Sep-201784.111.54.4
Oct-201785.19.85.1
Nov-201785.39.55.2
Dec-201784.610.45.1
Jan-201885.68.95.5
Feb-201887.38.24.5
Mar-201887.69.52.9
Apr-201887.59.03.4
May-201887.49.13.5
Jun-201888.78.52.9
Jul-201889.07.93.1
Aug-201887.68.93.5
Sep-201887.39.63.1
Oct-201887.89.03.2
Nov-201887.89.13.1
Dec-201886.910.13.0
Jan-201987.79.13.3
Feb-201988.68.43.0
Mar-201989.18.92.0
Apr-201988.09.62.5
May-201987.110.22.7
Jun-201987.39.82.9
Jul-201987.39.33.4
Aug-201985.710.34.1
Sep-201984.811.24.0
Oct-201984.810.64.5
Nov-201984.710.44.9
Dec-201983.510.95.5
Jan-202083.410.75.9
Feb-202084.310.15.6
Mar-202081.911.96.2
Apr-2020	In April 2020, Betsi Cadwaladr did not submit data for the treatment function ‘allied health profession’ as they were unable to submit a therapy waiting list return.74.215.710.1
May-202067.418.214.4
Jun-202062.617.919.5
Jul-2020From July 2020 Cwm Taf Morgannwg amended their data submission process and remapped some resident postcodes from Bridgend resulting in a shift of residents from Swansea Bay to Cwm Taf Morgannwg. Therefore residents from Swansea Bay decreased and Cwm Taf Morgannwg increased.56.118.925.0
Aug-202048.222.029.8
Sep-202044.822.632.6

Metadata

Title

Combined Referral to Treatment waiting times - patient pathways open (September 2011 onwards)

Last update

19 November 2020 19 November 2020

Next update

23 December 2020

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Referral to treatment times (RTT), NHS Wales Informatics Services (NWIS)

Contact email

stats.healthinfo@gov.wales

Designation

National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local health boards

Geographical coverage

Wales

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

This table provides the current data on referral to treatment waiting times for patient pathways waiting (open pathway) 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.

Hywel Dda health board has no patients waiting for audiological medicine from January 2019 onwards, this is due to the service moving into the community based model.


Data collection and calculation

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

From 1st April 2019 health service provision for residents of Bridgend local authority moved from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg to Cwm Taf. For more information see the joint statement from Cwm Taf and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Boards (see weblinks). The health board names have changed with Cwm Taf University Health Board becoming Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board becoming Swansea Bay University Health Board. A link to the statement from the minister for health and social service can be found in the weblinks section.

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 patients waiting between September 2011 and November 2018 by their local health board of residence were revised on 21/02/2019. This was due to an error in the calculations used which showed data based on health board provider not patient residence.

Statistical quality

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

More detailed treatment functions have been introduced recently but have not been used consistently across all Local Health Boards; for example, patients receiving vascular surgery may have been recorded in either “General Surgery” or “Vascular Surgery” treatment functions.
To reduce uncertainty and make counts more reliable, the new functions will be removed temporarily and treatment functions will be recorded under the more general headings; for example, all patients receiving vascular surgery will now be published under “General Surgery” until consistent recording of treatment functions is confirmed across all Local Health Boards. This has now been fully actioned back to April 2016 when the new codes were introduced and will remain under general headings until the more detailed treatment functions are used consistently across Wales


December 2011 to February 2012 figures for Aneurin Bevan for those waiting to start treatment and those treated, as well as March 2012 figures for those treated, are estimated using their data for November 2011. Also, the data since April 2012 for those treated is not fully validated. This is following the implementation of a new Patient Administration System at the end of 2011.
October 2015 figures for the specialities Allied Health Professionals and Diagnostic Services for the Cwm Taf University LHB could not be accurately provided. Therefore, figures for September 2015 have been used as estimates.
April 2017 figures for the specialities Allied Health Professionals and Diagnostic Services for the Cwm Taf University LHB could not be accurately provided. Therefore, figures for March 2017 have been used as estimates.
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, which are not reportable under RTT. From February 2017 onwards the data submitted by the health board is correct.

Following the decision to exclude DEXA scans from their RTT submission from February 2017, Betsi Cadwaladr discovered that some clinics had continued to report these scans under rheumatology. From October 2017 data onwards, all data for DEXA scans at Betsi Cadwaladr is being excluded.

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic all non-urgent outpatient appointments were suspended in March. Meaning, most hospitals had to reduce or suspend the services they offered, which led to an increase in both the lengths of waits and the number of people waiting on patient pathways for the month of April 2020 and subsequent months.

Keywords

waiting times; health; treatment; hospital