Thousands of patients' data excluded from NHS dementia target data

NHS England says it is closer to its dementia diagnosis target than Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) figures suggest.

Thousands of patients were excluded from dementia data
Thousands of patients were excluded from dementia data

More than 15,000 patients were not counted as part of the HSCIC’s monthly data collection, bringing the diagnosis rate to 61.6% rather than 59.3% as previously thought, NHS England said.

Data from 290 practices was not included in the QOF counts released by the HSCIC yesterday, but will be included in the annual QOF report due later this year.

GP practices excluded

‘When we include the last available register count for each of the 290 practices, the number of people on the registers moves from 400,707 to 415,964, which brings the diagnosis rate up to the 61.6% which we believe accurate for end-March,’ an NHS England spokeswoman said.

Dementia diagnosis data has been collected by HSCIC monthly since the Dementia Identification Scheme DES was introduced in October 2014. It is unclear why some practices were excluded, although they could opt out of monthly data collection.

The updated figures bring the NHS closer to meeting its ongoing 67% ambition for dementia patients to receive a formal diagnosis.

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