Allied health professionals are advised that from April 2013 there is a requirement for general and acute providers to collect allied health professions referral to treatment (AHP RTT) information as set out in the new commissioning data set (CDS) v. 6.2. The information standards notice was published recently and this is dependent on providers migrating to version CDS 6.2.
It is expected that AHP RTT data will be included in version 5 of the mental health minimum data set planned to be published in October 2013, and must be collected from October 2014, and that community AHP RTT data must be collected from April 2014, although people can start on a voluntary basis from October 2013. These dates are still subject to change.
Referral to treatment waiting times are key indicators of service performance and patient experience and require data to be collected consistently according to national standards. The AHP service improvement project (SIP) (DH, 2011) used AHP RTT as a tool to enable AHPs to identify the focus for service improvement and develop local solutions.