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 and Response

Earlier this year 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. A summary of the responses and next steps can be found on our Dementia Assessment and Referral page.

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 paused the collection and publication of some official statistics. Details can be seen here:

As a result DAR data was not collected centrally or published for March 2020.

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2019/20 Data

March 2020 – No Data

February 2020 Data released 6th May 2020

January 2020 Data released 1st April 2020

December 2019 (Quarter 3 2019-20) Data (Revised 6th May 2020)

SUPERSEDED (Data released 4th March 2020)

November 2019 Data released 5th February 2020

October 2019 Data released 8th January 2020

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

August 2019 Data released 6th November 2019

July 2019 Data released 2nd October 2019

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

May 2019 Data released 7th August 2019

April 2019 Data released 3rd July 2019