referral to treatment target

referral to treatment target

A term for a standard for delivery of care in the NHS that no patient should wait longer than 18 weeks from referral to the start of his or her first definitive treatment (for non-malignant conditions). The goal is that the target should be achieved for 90% of admitted patients and 95% of non-admitted patients.
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A spokesperson for the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust said: "The Trust recognises how important it is to meet the 18 week referral to treatment target and are implementing plans to ensure we are achieving it again over the coming months.
Timely access to reduce waiting times and achievement of the 18 week referral to treatment target.
March was also the 13th month in a row that the NHS was unable to reach its 18-week referral to treatment target, however, it did maintain its upward trend of the proportion of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment falling under 10% (the current target is 8%).
The only target met nationally was the drug and alcohol treatment target although the cancer 31 days referral to treatment target was missed by 0.
A second consequence of the pressure in our hospital has been that we have had to cancel some routine surgical operations in Quarter 4, resulting in a failure to deliver our Referral to Treatment Target (RTT).
Central scrutiny of the 18-week referral to treatment target will also be ended.
Last March Betsi Cadwaladr admitted it was working on a 52-week referral to treatment target, although they have not confirmed whether this is still in force.
Richard Kennedy, medical director for UHCW NHS Trust, said: "The 18-week referral to treatment target is very challenging and brings with it the biggest improvement in healthcare the NHS has seen.
Her patience finally snapped at the end of February and she complained to the health board's concerns team after waiting for 26 weeks, the Welsh Government's referral to treatment target time.
That's a record high since the introduction of the new clinical model; | The number of people waiting over eight weeks for a diagnostic test is the lowest for six years; | The number of people experiencing delayed transfers of care from hospital remains close to record lows, despite the increasing demand; | The end of March saw the best performance against the 26 week and 36 week referral to treatment targets for three years; and | Performance against the Urgent Suspected Cancer target is the best since November 2014.
But he added: "Patients do, however, have an expectation, generated by the Welsh Government's referral to treatment targets, they will all receive treatment within 36 weeks.
The end of March also saw the best performance against the 26 week and 36 week referral to treatment targets for three years.