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Dementia: Devon

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with (a) Alzheimer's disease and (b) dementia in (i) East Devon constituency and (ii) Devon in each of the last five years. (253999)

The national Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) records the number of people recorded on practice disease registers with a diagnosis of dementia but this does not distinguish between Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. The publication ‘Revisions to the GMS Contract 2006/07’, from NHS Employers, states that Alzheimer's disease accounts for 50-75 per cent. of cases of dementia. This register count is available for the two latest releases of QOF, covering 2006-07 and 2007-08.

We are unable to supply this information for parliamentary constituencies, as the data are only available for general practices (GPs) and can be aggregated to primary care trust (PCT) level. We have supplied figures for the smallest health area that covers Devon, namely Devon PCT.

These QOF figures are given in the following table. They are the totals for patients with dementia.

QOF data—number of patients on the Dementia disease registers

Financial year



Devon PCT




The data supplied in the table above are published on the website of the Information Centre for health and social care.

(a) For 2007-08 see the Quality and Outcomes Framework 2007/08 publication data tables at the following link (published 30 September 2008):

The table for PCT level QOF for 2007-08 can be found at the following link:

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(b) For 2006-07 see Quality and Outcomes Framework 2006/07 publication data tables at this link (published 28 September 2007):

The table for PCT level QOF for 2006-07 can be found at this link:

This publication has already been placed in the Library.


1. QOF is the national Quality and Outcomes Framework, introduced as part of the new General Medical Services contract on 1 April 2004.

2. Participation by practices in the QOF is voluntary, though participation rates are very high, with most Personal Medical Services practices also taking part.

3. The published QOF information was derived from the Quality Management Analysis System (QMAS), a national system developed by NHS Connecting for Health.

4. QMAS uses data from general practices to calculate individual practices' QOF achievement. QMAS is a national information technology system developed by NHS Connecting for Health to support the QOF.

5. The system calculates practice achievement against national targets. It gives general practices, PCTs and strategic health authorities objective evidence and feedback on the quality of care delivered to patients.

6. QMAS captures the number of patients on the various disease registers for each practice. The number of patients on the clinical registers can be used to calculate measures of disease prevalence, expressing the number of patients on each register as a percentage of the number of patients on practices' lists.

7. Figures presented here are just the number of patients on the disease register for dementia.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds for people diagnosed with dementia there were in Devon in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. (254000)

This information is not held centrally.

Dementia is one of the most important issues we face as the population ages. Around 570,000 people already have the condition in England and this number is set to double in the next 30 years, with the costs of dementia tripling.

That is why the Department published the first National Dementia Strategy on 3 February 2009. It sets out how we can transform services, through a combination of better training, earlier intervention and real support for people with dementia and their families.