This section of the website provides information on the Dementia Assessment and Referral data collection for the period April 2018 to March 2019.
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).
The dementia data collection has been in place since 2013/14 with the focus on acute trusts. As part of the CQUIN process, this data return was expanded for 2015/16 to cover community services providers and commissioners and to look at care plans on discharge which meet agreed standards. These additional requirements have no longer applied since 2016/17, but the standard contract notes that the original FAIR return remains a mandatory, BAAS-approved data submission for all acute providers. See para 39.17 of the 2017/18 Technical Guidance.
For further information please see https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs-standard-contract/17-18/.
The data was collected via the Unify2 upload system until 2017/18 but for this year will be collected via NHS Digital’s Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS). The return is still administered by NHS England and the results published here.