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Dementia

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to identify people with dementia when they are admitted to general hospitals; and whether steps are taken to provide additional care for those people in respect of (a) dehydration and (b) confusion during their stay. (319924)

The National Dementia Strategy calls for all acute trusts to identify a clinical lead for dementia to take the lead for quality improvements in dementia in hospitals, including the development of an explicit care pathway for the treatment and care of people with dementia in hospital.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what written information is provided to people with dementia and their carers (a) at the point of diagnosis and (b) by a general practitioner during subsequent consultations. (319925)

Provision of information to people with dementia and their carers was identified as a priority in the National Dementia Strategy. The Strategy states that following diagnosis people with dementia should be given access to information. The demonstrator site pilots are also looking at how to provide information to people with dementia following a diagnosis.

The Department has commissioned the Alzheimer’s Society to bring together evidence about information that people need following diagnosis and report back to the Department on what might be done to improve the information available. The results of this review are expected shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are recorded on the Quality and Outcomes Framework registers kept by general practitioners as having dementia; and what estimate he has made of the number of carers of those patients who have been reviewed by a general practitioner within 15 months of the diagnosis of the person for whom they act as carer. (319967)

In 2008-09 there were 232,430 people with a diagnosis of dementia, recorded on practice disease registers in England under the national Quality and Outcomes Framework scheme.

No data are held on the number of carers of people with a diagnosis of dementia. However, guidance issued to support the Quality and Outcomes Framework makes clear that practices in reviewing the needs of people diagnosed with dementia should focus on support needs of both the patient and their carer.

In 2008-09 there were 169,438 people diagnosed with dementia whose care had been reviewed in the previous 15 months and for whom practices received a reward payment under the national Quality and Outcomes Framework.