Improvement Targets for Dementia Diagnosis and Support (Department of Health / Dementia Challenge)


One of the ambitions specified in the “Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia” (March 2012) was to improve dementia diagnosis rates. NHS England is to invest £90 million to ensure two-thirds of people with dementia receive a timely diagnosis, by March 2015. It is intended that the average waiting time for an assessment for dementia from GP referral can be brought down to 6 weeks in all areas of England; in some areas this wait can still last up to 25 weeks.

The Department of Health has a linked ambition to provide a fully integrated care package to support people diagnosed with dementia and their carers. The components of the plan will, broadly, comprise:

  1. Timely assessment and diagnosis.
  2. Help and advice, for example from a dementia advisor.
  3. A personalised plan of care.
  4. Support to remain as independent as possible.
  5. Access to high-quality person-centred information to help understand and manage the condition.
  6. Access to support services (possibly including reminiscence or counselling).
  7. Coordinated care towards the end of life.
  8. Improved access to support for carers.
  9. Integrated care from health and social care professionals working together to provide the best care and support.

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Improving dementia diagnosis. London: Department of Health / Dementia Challenge, February 28th 2014.

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