NHS England has a commitment to increase the dementia diagnosis rates in England to 67% by March 2015; one of the targets from the “Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia” (March 2012) was that two-thirds of people with dementia should receive a formal diagnosis.
An analysis published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) examines Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) recorded dementia diagnoses for 2012-13 and 2013-14. According to data on dementia prevalence recorded at practice level, at aggregate levels for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Area Teams (ATs), NHS Regions and at national level, there has been an 8% rise in recorded dementia cases since 2012-13.
The number of people in England diagnosed with dementia has risen by 62% over seven years. As of 2013-14, 344,000 people received a diagnosis; whereas 213,000 people were diagnosed with dementia in 2006-07 (the earliest recorded statistics).
The rise in recorded dementia diagnoses is likely to be due to a combination of factors, such as the ageing population and improved performance on diagnosis.
Briggs, H. (2014). England records rise in dementia diagnoses. London: BBC Health News, July 30th 2014.
This relates to:
Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) Recorded Dementia Diagnoses: Provisional 2013/14 data. Published 30 July 2014. London: Prescribing and Primary Care Team of the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), July 2014.
Data quality statement. Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) Recorded Dementia Diagnoses: Provisional 2013/14 data. London: Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), July 2014.