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Number of patients with recorded diagnosis of dementia increases by 62 per cent over seven years

July 30, 2014: Provisional figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show 344,000 patients had a recorded diagnosis of dementia in 2013-14.

*HSCIC must be quoted as the source of these figures

*Regional figures are available  

This is a rise from 319,000 in 2012-13 and from 213,000 in 2006-07, when the data was first collected.

Today's statistics show the numbers of patients registered with GP practices in England who have a recorded diagnosis of dementia and this is the first time the HSCIC has published a standalone report on this subject.

Quality Outcomes Framework, Recorded Dementia Diagnoses - 2013-14, Provisional statistics2,3, shows the increase in recorded diagnosis has been steady since this data was first collected. The rise may be due to the ageing population, an increase in the number of people being diagnosed, improved recording of diagnoses or a combination of factors. The report also shows:

  • The percentage of registered patients with a recorded diagnosis of dementia (prevalence rate) has increased in all four NHS regions of England between 2012-13 and 2013-14.
  • There is regional variation in the level of recorded diagnosis, with the North and South having the highest levels at 0.68 and 0.67 per cent, the Midlands and East of England at 0.62 per cent and London, with its different age profile notably lower at 0.39 per cent3.
  • Looking at variation in the level of recorded diagnosis by Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the CCG with the highest level at March 2014 was the Isle of Wight at 1.1 per cent; where 46.4 per cent of all patients registered with GPs are aged 50 and over. The lowest recorded level was in Tower Hamlets CCG, at 0.25 per cent where 15.5 per cent of all patients are 50 or over.

The provisional 2013-14 data has been produced to assist the monitoring of progress towards objectives, including the Department of Health's ambition of increasing the proportion of people with dementia who have a recorded diagnosis so that they can receive the appropriate care and support 3.

HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: "We are all aware of the challenges facing our ageing population and these figures will be vital for those planning and monitoring the effectiveness of dementia treatments and services."

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Read more about HSCIC's work in this area at:


Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 220 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a voluntary annual reward and incentive programme for all GP practices in England, detailing practice achievement results. For each practice participating in the QOF, the HSCIC receives a count of patients who have a diagnosis of dementia on their GP patient record. The data in this report are based on approximately 8,000 practices. No personal identifiable data are collected through this mechanism, simply aggregate numbers of patients with a diagnosis at each practice.

3. Numbers of patients with a recorded diagnosis of dementia from QOF registers for 2013-14 are provisional. These data will be updated, with final data released in the main Quality and Outcomes Framework, Achievement, prevalence and exceptions publication, scheduled for release in October.

4. It is likely that the notably lower rate in the capital is at least in part attributable to fact that the age profile of patients in London is different to the other three regions, and the national average. In London 25.8 per cent of patients registered with GPs are aged 50 or over; compared to 36.1 per cent in the North of England, 36.4 per cent in the Midlands and East and 38 per cent in the South. .

5. The recorded diagnosis of dementia covered in this release and report is one of several data collections undertaken by the HSCIC to assist the Department Health and NHS England in monitoring progress toward the objectives of the dementia strategy and dementia challenge.. The dementia recorded diagnosis data will be used to calculate the dementia diagnosis rate in conjunction with the Dementia Prevalence Calculator. The calculator uses modelled estimates of dementia, practice populations and recorded numbers of patients on the dementia register to produce a diagnosis rate - the number of patients with a recorded diagnosis as a percentage of those estimated to be suffering from dementia. More on the calculator here:

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