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.
Guidance for subsequent years is on the Data Publications pages below.
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 and Response
Early in 2020 NHS England and NHS Improvement held a consultation seeking views on the continuing suitability of the Dementia Assessment and Referral (DAR) data return.
The consultation was open for eight weeks from Thursday 9 January until midnight 5 March 2020 and full details can be found on the NHSE consultation hub at:
Please note that due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) there will be a delay in the publication of the response to the consultation.
Temporary suspension of DAR
Due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) and the need to release capacity across the NHS to support the response, NHS England and NHS Improvement have paused the collection and publication of some official statistics. Details can be seen here:
As a result the DAR collection will not need to be submitted for the deadlines identified below:
Dates due to be submitted now suspended: 28 April, 28 May, 29 June 2020
This means that no data will be collected centrally or published for March 2020, April 2020 or May 2020.
Data for January 2020 was published on 1 April and for February 2020 will be published on May 6.
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