Statistical press notice: Direct Access Audiology – Referral to treatment (rtt) waiting times data – November 2012

Main Points

  • Data are published on Direct Access Audiology patients whose referral to treatment (RTT) pathways were completed during November 2012 (completed pathways) and on those patients who were still waiting at the end of November 2012 (incomplete pathways).
  • In total, 42,694 patients for whom English commissioners are responsible completed their Direct Access Audiology RTT pathway during November 2012. The average (median) waiting time was 4.6 weeks, the 95th percentile waiting time was 14.6 weeks and 99.2% were seen within 18 weeks.
  • At the end of November 2012, 56,065 patients were awaiting Direct Access Audiology treatment. Of these, the average (median) waiting time was 3.6 weeks and the 95th percentile was 13.0 weeks.
  • Table 1 shows average (median) waiting times, 95th percentile waiting times and the percentage of patients whose Direct Access Audiology RTT pathway was completed within 18 weeks by SHA. Table 2 shows Direct Access Audiology RTT waiting time trends from October 2008 to November 2012 for completed and incomplete pathways.

Detailed tables by provider and commissioner can be found on the Department of Health website.

Annex A – Detailed Tables

Table 1 – Direct Access Audiology RTT waiting times for completed pathways by SHA (commissioner based) – November 2012

SHA Name

Reported  no. of completed DAA pathways

Reported  no. of completed DAA pathways (with a known clock start)

Average (median) waiting time (in weeks)

95th percentile waiting time (in weeks)

% of completed DAA pathways within 18 weeks

Q30 North East SHA

2,199

2,199

                      3.8

                   14.1

99.5%

Q31 North West SHA

6,644

6,644

                      4.1

                   11.9

99.2%

Q32 Yorkshire & The Humber SHA

4,852

4,852

                      4.8

                   14.6

99.5%

Q33 East Midlands SHA

3,555

3,555

                      3.9

                   15.6

99.4%

Q34 West Midlands SHA

4,151

4,151

                      4.5

                   13.2

99.8%

Q35 East of England SHA

3,924

3,924

                      5.5

                   16.6

98.4%

Q36 London SHA

3,766

3,766

                      4.5

                   13.6

99.8%

Q37 South East Coast SHA

2,856

2,856

                      5.4

                   17.9

95.4%

Q38 South Central SHA

5,034

5,034

                      4.2

                   14.5

99.7%

Q39 South West SHA

5,713

5,713

                      5.2

                   13.4

99.7%

Total

42,694

42,694

4.6

14.6

99.2%

Table 2 – Direct Access Audiology RTT waiting times – October 2008 to November  2012

Month

Completed DAA pathways

Incomplete DAA pathways

Median wait (weeks)

95th percentile (weeks)

% within 18 weeks

Median wait (weeks)

95th percentile (weeks)

% within 18 weeks

October 20081

5.6

19.6

94.3%

4.2

17.3

95.4%

March 2009

4.6

14.4

99.4%

3.4

11.8

99.2%

March 2010

4.6

15.1

99.5%

3.4

11.8

99.7%

March 2011

4.7

15.7

99.1%

3.5

12.5

99.3%

March 2012

4.5

15.5

98.8%

3.6

13.3

99.0%

April 2012

4.9

14.8

98.9%

3.7

13.7

99.0%

May 2012

4.8

15.1

99.2%

3.7

13.8

98.9%

June 2012

5.1

15.4

99.0%

4.1

14.9

98.5%

July 2012

4.7

16.1

98.6%

3.7

14.2

98.6%

August 2012

4.8

15.6

98.6%

3.9

14.6

98.5%

September 2012

5.0

15.7

98.5%

3.8

14.3

98.3%

October 2012

4.6

14.3

99.2%

3.8

13.8

99.0%

November 2012

4.6

14.6

99.2%

3.6

13.0

98.9%

1. Direct Access Audiology RTT data were first published in October 2008

Statistical Notes

1. Direct Access Audiology Referral to Treatment (RTT) times

Direct Access Audiology (DAA) RTT data is collected from NHS providers (NHS Trusts and other providers) and signed off by commissioners (Primary Care Trusts).

The data collection is in two parts:

Part 1 – Completed pathways

Part 2 – Incomplete pathways

The return includes all patients whose RTT clock stopped at any point in the reporting period. A column has been provided to enter data for patients whose length of DAA RTT period is unknown, i.e. patients who have had a clock stop during the month but where the clock start date is not known.

2. Provider and Commissioner based data

Commissioner based returns reflect data on a responsible population basis, which is defined as:

  • all those patients resident within the PCT boundary; plus
  • all patients registered with GPs who are members of the PCT, but are resident in another PCT; minus
  • all patients resident in the PCT, but registered with a GP who is a member of another PCT

Provider based returns cover patients for whom English commissioners are responsible.

3. Average (median) and 95th percentile waiting times

The median is the mid-point of the waiting times distribution (i.e. the 50th percentile) and can be interpreted by saying that 50% of all patients, whose RTT clock stopped during the month, were treated within this time.

The 95th percentile is another statistical measure of the waiting time distribution. It can be interpreted by saying that 95% of patients, whose clock stopped during the month, were treated within this time with one in twenty patients waiting longer than this time for treatment.

It should be noted that medians and percentiles times are calculated from aggregate data, rather than patient level data, and therefore are only estimates of the position on average waits.

4. Changes to the published Direct Access Audiology RTT statistics – feedback welcomed

We welcome feedback on the content and presentation of RTT statistics within this Statistical Press Notice and those published on the DH website. If anyone has any comments on this, or any other issues regarding RTT data and statistics, then please email RTTdata@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Additional Information

Full details of DAA RTT data for individual organisations is available at on the Department of Health website.

To contact the Media Centre, please refer to the Department of Health’s website for the relevant contact details.

The Government Statistical Service (GSS) statistician responsible for producing these data is:

Mark Svenson

Knowledge and Intelligence

Department of Health

Room 4E63, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UE

Email: RTTdata@dh.gsi.gov.uk

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