In an effort to improve the care and support for people with dementia, and for their families / carers, there is a national ambition for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to improve diagnosis rates by March 2015. This tool set for GPs represents one step towards the achievement of this ambition.
National Dementia Prevalence Calculator
NHS England has created a set of tools to enable GPs, practices and CCGs to improve diagnosis, care and support for people with dementia and their families.
“The Dementia Prevalence Calculator (v.2) enables health and care communities to gain a better understanding of their local estimated prevalence of dementia in the community, and among people living in local care homes”.
Read more and test the Dementia Prevalence Calculator.
The Calculator enables health and care communities to calculate local dementia diagnosis rates, forecast local dementia prevalence, view trends and set targets for improvements in diagnosis rates. It presents data at four optional levels:
- General Practice.
- Clinical Commissioning Group.
- Local Authority.
- NHS England Area Team.
Note: GPs and members of CCGs may register to take advantage of the more enhanced features.
The calculator also helps draw comparisons between prevalence and diagnosis rates in other localities. The Ambition Map makes it possible to view and compare diagnosis rates at different levels (GP, CCG, Local Authority, Area Team).
Knowledge Portal (Dementia Partnerships)
The Knowledge Portal offers access to resources relating to ten steps for General Practices and commissioners when improving the diagnosis of dementia and the diagnosis pathway. This systematic approach to improving the quality of services covers information on the following topics:
- Step 1: Understanding demand.
- Step 2: Improving access to memory assessments.
- Step 3: Building capacity and support in the community.
- Step 4: Driving improvements, monitoring and reviews.
- Step 5: Ensuring transparency about delivery and standards.
- Step 6: Education and promotion.
- Step 7: Recognition, screening, assessments and referrals.
- Step 8: Finding cases.
- Step 9: Coding.
- Step 10: Reviewing prescribing.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].