Resources to improve dementia diagnosis rates
- Coding clean up guidance
- CCG action plan template
- Poster outlining improvements in London dementia diagnosis rates from 54% in August 2014 to 71% in January 2018
- Short guide on mild cognitive impairment follow up
- 2019 dementia action week poster calling on clinicians to keep dementia in the forefront of their mind when seeing at risk patient groups 2016 audit and as a poster
Memory service network service improvement projects
Non dementia pathways
Not everyone who is referred to a memory service will have dementia, common non dementia causes include mild cognitive impairment, depression, and anxiety. The London Dementia Clinical Network reviewed pathways for non dementia diagnosis and has produced guidance aimed at commissioners and clinicians within memory services and primary care.
Read the non dementia pathway guidance.
The London memory service audit highlighted wide variation in the use of neuroimaging investigations in patient undergoing assessment for dementia by memory assessment services. The Dementia Clinical Network has published a guidance document to support good clinical care and a reduction in variation.
Read the imaging guidance.
Streamlining memory service pathways
This guidance document has been developed after mapping memory service pathways across London. It offers suggestions for streamlining service pathways, whilst maintaining or improving quality of care.
Memory service audit
- 2015 audit full report and headline results
- 2016 audit publication and poster summary
- 2019 audit report
- 2019 national report
Oral health leaflet
The oral health leaflet provides basic advice and supports people to give information about their diagnosis when attending their dental appointments. The leaflet also contains a prompt card for people to take to the dentist.
Young onset dementia multidisciplinary team meetings
Diagnosing young onset dementia can be complex, leading to longer waits for a confirmed diagnosis. Monthly memory service and neurology multidisciplinary team meetings are a simple and relatively inexpensive approach to ensure accurate and timely diagnosis and avoid unnecessary duplication of clinical assessment. Read our published guide MDT meetings, which provides the rationale for these as well as elements to ensure their success.