Dementia Assessment and Referral

This section of the website provides information on the Dementia Assessment and Referral data collection which has been made mandatory since April 2013 for all NHS funded trusts providing acute services.

This data collection reports on the number and proportion of patients aged 75 and over admitted as an emergency for more than 72 hours in England who have been identified as potentially having dementia, who are appropriately assessed and, where appropriate, referred on to specialist services. For 2015-16 the last part was replaced with have a care plan on discharge which meets agreed standards, but for 2016-17 the collection reverted to the previous definition. For the first three years the collection was part of CQUIN, but since 2016-17 it has become part of the requirements of the standard contract. From 2018-19 it has been collected on the SDCS system run by NHSD, instead of via Unify.

CQUIN Guidance
CQUIN Guidance 2013-14
CQUIN Guidance 2014-15
CQUIN Guidance 2015-16


Guidance for subsequent years is on the Data Publications pages below.

Data Publications

Data Publications for 2019-20

Data Publications for 2018-19

Data Publications for 2017-18
Data Publications for 2016-17
Data Publications for 2015-16
Data Publications for 2014-15
Data Publications for 2013-14

Contact Us
You can obtain further details about the statistics published in this section or comment on the section by emailing the team at the address below.



DAR Data Return Consultation open

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a consultation seeking views on the continuing suitability of the Dementia Assessment and Referral (DAR) data return.

The consultation will be open for eight weeks from Thursday 9th January until midnight 5th March 2020 and full details can be found on the NHSE consultation hub at:

If you are involved in the collection of data for the return or are a user of the data, please let us know your views by completing the consultation form at the above link.

If you have any queries about the consultation please contact: