About this release

This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS) provides Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) waiting times for the quarter to 31 December 2021.

NHS boards made changes to their service delivery in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All NHS boards have advised that the measures put in place have had an impact on their figures. More information can be found in the data quality document.

An update of referrals data from the Child, Adolescent, and Psychological Therapies National Dataset (CAPTND) has been published as an appendix to the main report.

Main points

For the quarter ending December 2021:

  • Seven out of ten (70.3%) of children and young people were seen within 18 weeks, which is a decrease from 78.6% for the previous quarter, and also from 73.1% for the quarter ending December 2020. The Scottish Government standard states that 90% of children and young people should start treatment within 18 weeks of referral to CAMHS.
  • 4,544 children and young people started treatment at CAMHS in Scotland. This is an increase of 19.8% from the 3,792 starting treatment in the previous quarter, and an increase of 11.1% from the 4,091 starting treatment in the same quarter the previous year.
  • One in two of the children and young people seen started their treatment within an average of 7 weeks, which is the same as the previous quarter, and also the same as quarter ending December 2020.
  • 10,021 children and young people were referred to CAMHS in Scotland for quarter ending December 2021. This compares to 7,882 for the previous quarter, and 9,457 for the quarter ending December 2020.
Image caption Percentage of patients who started treatment in CAMHS within 18 weeks of referral, by quarter for March 2017 to December 2021, NHS Scotland

Further information

The next release of this publication will be 7 June 2022.

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Last updated: 20 November 2023
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