Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, has announced that NHS England is running the first national ambition to improve dementia diagnosis rates. The plan is to achieve a target of two-thirds of people with dementia being identified and given appropriate support by 2015. This will effectively represent an increase from 39% in 2010 and an improvement on the current levels of 45% on average.
“The drive to improve diagnosis will be led by local Clinical Commissioning Groups, working with local health and wellbeing boards. Supported by NHS England, they will get advice on improving diagnosis and setting up additional memory services where they are needed”.
Department of Health (2013). Report marks progress in first year of Dementia Challenge. London: Department of Health, May 15th 2013.
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New targets for dementia diagnosis rates. London: NHS England, May 15th 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].