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Referral to Treatment Waiting Times (RTT)

Background to the collection

In England, under the NHS Constitution, patients 'have the right to access certain services commissioned by NHS bodies within maximum waiting times, or for the NHS to take all reasonable steps to offer a range of suitable alternative providers if this is not possible'. NHS England collects and publishes monthly referral to treatment (RTT) data, which are used to monitor NHS waiting times performance against the standards set out in the National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) Regulations 2012, and the 2015 amendment.

Monthly RTT waiting times data has been published since March 2007. Initially data was only published for patients whose RTT pathways ended in admission for treatment (admitted pathways). Non-admitted pathway data (patients whose RTT pathways ended for reasons other than admission for treatment) has been published since August 2007. Incomplete RTT pathway data (waiting times for patients waiting to start treatment at the end of the reporting period) has also been published since August 2007. Adjusted admitted RTT pathway data was published from March 2008 to September 2015. Incomplete RTT pathway with a decision to admit for treatment data and New RTT period data has been published since October 2015.

NHS England publishes these data each month. For further information please visit the NHS England website.

Guidance on recording and reporting RTT waiting times is available..

Launch and submission dates 

The submission window opens on the first working day every month and remains open for 13 working days.

Reporting period Submission start date Submission end date Publication date
February 2021 1 March 2021 17 March 2021 15 April 2021
March 2021 1 April 2021 21 April 2021 13 May 2021
April 2021 4 May 2021 20 May 2021 10 June 2021
May 2021 1 June 2021 17 June 2021 8 July 2021
June 2021 1 July 2021 19 July 2021 12 August 2021
July 2021 2 August 2021 18 August 2021 9 September 2021
August 2021 1 September 2021 17 September 2021 14 October 2021
September 2021 1 October 2021 19 October 2021 11 November 2021
October 2021 1 November 2021 17 November 2021 9 December 2021
November 2021 1 December 2021 17 December 2021 13 January 2022
December 2021 5 January 2022 20 January 2022 10 February 2022
January 2022 1 February 2022 17 February 2022 10 March 2022
February 2022 1 March 2022 17 March 2022 14 April 2022
March 2022 1 April 2022 20 April 2022 12 May 2022

Guidance

Last edited: 1 April 2021 11:48 am