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NHS England’s Dementia Director, Professor Alistair Burns, has posted a video blog on the ambitions for services going forward.
He makes the target clear: that by next year two-thirds of the estimated number of people with dementia should have a diagnosis and post diagnostic support.
Professor Burns explains that current rates of diagnosis are relatively low, at around 48 per cent, adding: “Less than half of people estimated to have dementia have been given a diagnosis – but we know that there is significant variation in diagnosis rates from 38 per cent to 77 per cent.
“We also know that people with dementia want a diagnosis and they want investigations.”
“Clinical Commissioning Groups are achieving the required levels of diagnosis and diagnostic support,” says Professor Burns, adding that NHS England is doing various things to help, such as launching the dementia prevalence calculator, which was published in March 2014 and gives a local guide to the estimated numbers of people with dementia.