About this release

This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS) provides Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) waiting times for the quarter ending March 2022. As of this release, CAMHS data is made available via an interactive dashboard.

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 experimental Child, Adolescent, and Psychological Therapies National Dataset (CAPTND) has been published.

Due to recent Public Holidays, there will be a one week delay in the availability of Open Data updates for the CAMHS and PT Waiting Times.  This will be available for download in due course.

Main points

For the quarter ending March 2022:

  • Seven out of ten (73.2%) of children and young people were seen within 18 weeks of referral, which is an increase from 70.5% for the previous quarter, and also from 72.7% for the same quarter ending March 2021. The Scottish Government standard states that 90% of children and young people should start treatment within 18 weeks of referral to CAMHS.
  • 5,016 children and young people started treatment at CAMHS in Scotland. This is an increase of 7.7% from the 4,659 starting treatment in the previous quarter, and an increase of 20.5% from the 4,162 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 nine weeks, which is an increase from an average of seven weeks in the previous quarter, but the same as quarter ending March 2021.
  • 9,672 children and young people were referred to CAMHS in Scotland for quarter ending March 2022. This compares to 10,021 for the previous quarter, and 7,902 for the same quarter ending March 2021.
Image caption Percentage of patients who started treatment in CAMHS within 18 weeks of referral, by quarter for March 2017 - March 2022

Further information

The next release of this publication will be 06 September 2022.

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Last updated: 15 June 2022
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