Dementia Assessment and Referral 2019-20

This section of the website provides information on the Dementia Assessment and Referral data collection for the period April 2019 to March 2020.


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 2018/19 Technical Guidance and para 39.15 of the 2019/20 Technical Guidance.

For further information please see:


The data was collected via the Unify2 upload system until 2017/18 but is now collected via SDCS. For further information see:—General-Collections/pdf/SDCS_Guidance_-_General_Collections.pdf



Dementia Standard Contract Indicator 2019-20 Guidance v1.0



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:



2019/20 Data

December 2019 Data released 4th March 2020

Dementia-Statistical-Summary-Q3 2019-20 (PDF 136KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-Q3-2019-20 (XLS, 60KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-Q3-2019-20 (CSV, 39KB)

Dementia-Pre-Release-Access-List-December 2019 (PDF 18K)


November 2019 Data released 5th February 2020

Dementia-Statistical-Summary-November-2019 PDF (127KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-November-2019 (XLS, 29KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-November-2019 (CSV, 16KB).

Dementia-Pre-Release-Access-List-November 2019 (PDF 17KB)


October 2019 Data released 8th January 2020

Dementia-Statistical-Summary-October-2019 (PDF 126KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-October-2019 (XLS, 54KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-October-2019 (CSV, 15KB)

Dementia-Pre-Release-Access-List-October 2019 (PDF 17KB)


September 2019 (Quarter 2 2019-20) Data released 4th December 2019

Dementia-Statistical-Summary-Q2 2019-20 (PDF 137KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-Q2-2019-20 (XLS, 59KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-Q2-2019-20 (CSV, 36KB)

Dementia-Pre-Release-Access-List-September 2019 (PDF 17KB)


August 2019 Data released 6th November 2019

Dementia-Statistical-Summary-August 2019 (PDF 128KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-August-2019 (XLS, 29KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-August-2019 (CSV, 15KB)

Dementia-Pre-Release-Access-List-August 2019 (PDF 18KB)


July 2019 Data released 2nd October 2019

Dementia-Statistical-Summary-July 2019 (PDF 126KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-July-2019 (XLS, 29KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-July-2019 (CSV, 15KB)

Dementia-Pre-Release-Access-List-July 2019 (PDF 18K)


June 2019 (Quarter 1 2019-20) Data released 4th September 2019

Dementia-Statistical-Summary-Q1 2019-20 (PDF 136KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-Q1-2019-20 (XLS, 60KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-Q1-2019-20 (CSV, 36KB)

Dementia-Pre-Release-Access-List-June 2019 (PDF 15K)


May 2019 Data released 7th August 2019

Dementia-Press-Notice-May 2019 (PDF 127KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-May-2019 (XLS, 29KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-May-2019 (CSV, 15KB)

Dementia-Pre-Release-Access-List-May 2019 (PDF 15KB)


April 2019 Data released 3rd July 2019

Dementia-Press-Notice-April-2019 (PDF 126KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-April-2019 (XLS, 29KB)

Dementia-Data-Collection-April-2019 (CSV, 20KB)

Dementia-Pre-Release-Access-List-April 2019 (PDF 18KB)