This page provides a national comparison of Elective Services Patient Flow Indicators (ESPIs) for district health boards, including surgical services and trends in performance over the last 12 months.
Update: 10 April, 2018
Please note that due to issues associated with extracting data following Patient Administration System (PAS) upgrades, the ESPI results for Canterbury, MidCentral and Wairarapa DHBs are not reflective of actual patient numbers. Wairarapa DHB was also unable to provide any data to populate ESPI 1 or ESPI 2 for February 2018.
DHBs and the Ministry of Health are working to resolve these issues and future publications should accurately reflect the correct number of patients.
National comparison of DHBs
The national comparison of DHBs table (pdf, 108 KB) provides a high-level comparative summary across all DHBs for each of the 6 indicators. It allows you to see both the actual result and also a standardised value, which means you can compare DHB results irrespective of their size.
National comparison of surgical services
The national comparison of surgical services table (pdf, 114 KB) compares surgical services (but not medical services) nationally. To see the results for your DHB, go to Summary of Elective Services Patient Flow Indicator results for each DHB.
Trends in DHB performance over the last 12 months
These tables provide DHB results for each indicator for the last 12 months.
- 1. DHB services that appropriately acknowledge and process at least 90% of patient referrals within 10 working days (pdf, 125 KB)
- 2. Patients waiting longer than the required timeframe for their first specialist appointment (pdf, 129 KB)
- 3. Patients waiting without a commitment to treatment whose priorities are higher than the actual treatment threshold (aTT) (pdf, 127 KB)
- 5. Patients given a commitment to treatment, but not yet treated within the required timeframe (pdf, 130 KB)
- 6. Patients in active review who have not received a clinical assessment within the last 6 months (pdf, 128 KB)
- 8. Patients prioritised using nationally recognised processes or tools (pdf, 128 KB)
Summary of ESPI results for each DHB
This report provides a summary view of the results for each of the ESPIs for each DHB. It also shows DHB ESPI performance by surgical specialty.
Go to Summary of Elective Services Patient Flow Indicator results for each DHB to read the report for your DHB.
In August 2010 the ESPI 2 threshold was reduced from 2% to 1.5% and the ESPI 5 threshold was reduced from 5% to 4%.
In July 2012 the following changes to ESPIs were made:
- The thresholds for ESPIs 2 and 5 were reduced to 0%.
- The denominator for ESPI 2 changed from the number of patients seen in the previous 12 months to the total number of patients waiting for FSA at the end of the month. The denominator for ESPI 5 changed from the number of patients exited treated in the previous 12 months to the number of normal patients waiting for treatment at the end of the month.
- ESPIs 4 and 7 ceased being reported.
In July 2013 the waiting times standard for ESPI 2 (FSA) and ESPI 5 (treatment) reduced to a maximum of 5 months.
In January 2015 the waiting times standard for ESPI 2 (FSA) and ESPI 5 (treatment) reduced to a maximum of 4 months.
In July 2016 the ESPI 1 definition changed so DHB services need to appropriately acknowledge and process more than 90% of patient referrals in 15 calendar days or less. (The 15 calendar days includes weekends and public holidays.) The previous timeframe was ‘within 10 working days’.