NHS England has made available statistical information on Dementia Assessment and Referral. Data collection on this topic was made mandatory from April 2013 for all NHS funded trusts providing acute services.
These measures refer to the number / proportion of patients aged 75 over, admitted as an emergency for more than 72 hours, and who are identified as having dementia potentially. These measures are about people being assessed appropriately and, where appropriate, being referred to specialist services. Brief results:
- 78% of patients admitted were assessed initially for potential dementia in July 2013.
- 89% of admitted patients having dementia potentially were assessed appropriately in July 2013.
- 89% of assessed patients were referred on to specialist services in July 2013.
Read more: Dementia, Assessment and Referral.
Dementia Assessment and Referral Data Collection: July 2013. London: NHS England, October 2013.