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Dementia assessment and referral 2014-15

October 28 2014

This data collection reports on the number and proportion of patients aged 75 and over admitted as an emergency for more than 72 hours who have been identified as potentially having dementia, who are appropriately assessed and, where appropriate, referred on to specialist services in England.

Access the data collection http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/dementia/dementia-assessment-and-referral-2014-15/

The Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) framework for 2014/15 contains a national goal on improving dementia care – to promote the identification of patients with dementia and other causes of cognitive impairment alongside their other medical conditions, to prompt appropriate referral and follow up after they leave the hospital and to ensure that hospitals deliver high quality care to patients. This is designated as Find, Assess, Investigate and Refer (FAIR).

Key findings

  • 92 trusts achieved at least 90% in all three measures, an increase of 7 trusts from 85 trusts in Quarter 4 2013-14.
  • 86% of admitted patients were initially assessed for potential dementia in Quarter 1 2014-15, an increase of 2 percentage points from 84% in Quarter 4 2013-14.
  • Of the patients initially assessed and found as potentially having dementia, 92% were further assessed in Quarter 1 2014-15, an increase of 2 percentage points from 90% in Quarter 4 2013-14.
  • Of the patients who were further assessed and in which the outcome was either positive or inconclusive, 94% were referred on to specialist services in Quarter 1 2014-15, an increase of 4 percentage points from 90% in Quarter 4 2013-14.

Data for individual organisations are available at http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/dementia/

Commissioning for quality and innovation (CQUIN): 2014/15 guidance

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