October National Provider Data Summary

Updated: Jan 9

October National Provider Data Summary


  • At the end of October 2019, 84.7% of patients waiting to start treatment (incomplete pathways) were waiting up to 18 weeks, thus not meeting the 92% standard.

  • The number of RTT patients waiting to start treatment at the end of October 2019 was 4.4 million patients. Of those, 1,321 patients were waiting more than 52 weeks.

  • For patients waiting to start treatment at the end of October 2019, the median waiting time was 7.6 weeks. The 92nd percentile waiting time was 23.7 weeks.

  • During October 2019, 317,992 RTT patients started admitted treatment and 1,201,901 started non-admitted treatment (completed pathways).

There are currently 3 Trust’s that are not reporting RTT data:

  • Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (RQ8)

  • North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (RGN)

  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (RAL)


RTT Performance

As the below heatmap and graph shows, there has been a substantial deterioration in RTT performance nationally when compared to October 2018.


Waiting List Size

As the below graph demonstrates, from October 2018 to October 2019 the total waiting list size increased from 4,182,612 to 4,446,299, an increase of 263,687 (6.3%).

Below is a table showing each reporting Trusts variance in waiting list size from March 2019 to October 2019, sorted by percentage variance (please click to view the whole table).

52 Week Waiters

The below heatmap shows how the number of 52-week waiters has changed nationally, with areas such as the East Midlands and South managing to reduce their number of 52-week waiters.

Below is a table showing each reporting Trust’s variance in 52-week waiters from March 2019 to October 2019, sorted by percentage variance (please click to view the whole table).

Changes to the Individual Specialties

In regard to the waiting list size of the individual specialties:

  • ENT is the speciality with the largest decrease in the waiting list size, going from 313,752 to 312,451 a decrease of 1,301 pathways (0.41%).

  • Oral Surgery also saw a large decrease in the waiting list size going from 169,946 to 168,909 a decrease of 1,037 pathways (0.61%).

  • Trauma & Orthopaedics and Gastroenterology both saw a high increase of the waiting list size with Trauma & Orthopaedics going from 525,801 to 530,675, an increase of 4,874 pathways (0.92%) and Gastroenterology going from 224,820 to 229,265, an increase of 4,445 pathways (1.97%).

  • Unlike last month Other, saw the largest increase in waiting list size, going from 914,259 to 921,649 an increase of 7,390.