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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

May 2020

1 June 2020

17 June 2020 9 July 2020
June 2020 1 July 2020 17 July 2020 13 August 2020
July 2020 3 August 2020 19 August 2020 10 September 2020
August 2020 1 September 2020 17 September 2020 8 October 2020
September 2020 1 October 2020 19 October 2020 12 November 2020
October 2020 2 November 2020 18 November 2020 10 December 2020
November 2020 1 December 2020 17 December 2020 14 January 2021
December 2020 4 January 2021 20 January 2021 11 February 2021
January 2021 1 February 2021 17 February 2021 11 March 2021
February 2021 1 March 2021 17 March 2021 8 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

 

Guidance

Last edited: 12 May 2020 1:18 pm