Dementia Assessment and Referral 2020-21

This section of the website provides information on the Dementia Assessment and Referral data collection for the period April 2020 to March 2021.


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 who are referred on to specialist services. This is described with the acronym FAIR (Find, Assess/Investigate, Refer).

Please note the return is not yet live for 2020-21 for reasons explained in the notices 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 9th January until midnight 5th 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: 28th April, 28th May, 29th 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 (see the 2019-20 web page) and for February 2020 will be published on May 6.

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