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Dementia map reveals variation in care

An interactive online map will outline the quality of dementia care across the country the Health Secretary has revealed. 

As part of the State of the Nation report, the map will show a regional and local picture based on diagnosis rates, how often anti-psychotic drugs are prescribed, and referral rates for further investigation. 

The information will be displayed in an easy to understand format, to allow the public to hold organisations with poor care to account as well as highlight areas with best practice. 

Jeremy Hunt believes this will help to drive up standards across the country. 

He said: “This report and map will help drive up standards of dementia care across the country by showing what excellent care looks like, and challenging the rest to become like the best. Full transparency is the best way to drive up standards and tackle poor performance.

“We must come together as a society to get better at fighting dementia. We all have a role to play in helping people manage dementia better and supporting them to lead healthier lives.”

Health Education England has already trained over 108,000 NHS staff to spot the early signs of dementia and how to signpost to the most appropriate care. 

The number of people accessing memory clinics has risen four-folk since 2010/11. 

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nurses said: “Rather than focusing on the number of people diagnosed in a given area we believe the quality of diagnosis and the availability of post-diagnostic support and good quality care are far more important indicators of our success in tackling this condition. 

“There is a danger that without the proper level of investment in community services including dementia specialist nurses people will not have the support they need after diagnosis, at what is such a distressing time.”

The map is available to view on the Dementia Challenge website