September National Provider Data Summary

Updated: Dec 17, 2019

September National Provider Data Summary


  • At the end of September 2019, 84.8% 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 September 2019 was 4.4 million patients. Of those, 1,305 patients were waiting more than 52 weeks.

  • For patients waiting to start treatment at the end of September 2019, the median waiting time was 8.0 weeks. The 92nd percentile waiting time was 23.9 weeks.

  • During September 2019, 288,230 RTT patients started admitted treatment and 1,080,810 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 September 2018.


Waiting List Size

As the below graph demonstrates, from September 2018 to September 2019 the total waiting list size increased from 4,154,559 to 4,407,974, an increase of 235,415 (6.1%).

Below is a table showing each reporting Trusts variance in waiting list size from March 2019 to September 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 September 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:

  • Other is the speciality with the largest decrease in the waiting list size, going from 918,669 to 914,259 a decrease of 2,960 pathways (0.48%).

  • Cardiology and Thoracic Medicine also saw a large decrease in the waiting list size Cardiology going from 219,173 to 216,760 a decrease of 2,413 pathways (1.10%) and Thoracic Medicine going from 107,414 to 105,501 a decrease of 1,913 (1.78%).

  • General Surgery and Trauma & Orthopaedics both saw a high increase of the waiting list size with General Surgery going from 323,902 to 327,287, an increase of 3,385 pathways (1.04%) and Trauma & Orthopaedics going from 522,813 to 525,801, an increase of 2,988 pathways (0.57%).

  • Dermatology, as a single specialty saw the largest increase in waiting list size, going from 237,448 to 242,710 with a percentage increase of 2.21%.


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