The HSCIC is responsible for managing a number of data extractions, which support the Department of Health's policies for improving the diagnosis and care of patients with dementia.
Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an on-going decline of the brain and its abilities. This includes problems with memory loss, thinking speed, mental agility, language, understanding, and judgement.
The risk of developing dementia increases as a person gets older, and the condition most commonly occurs in people over the age of 65.
The Facilitating timely diagnosis for people with dementia scheme 2014-15 enhanced service is designed to encourage practices to take a proactive approach to the timely assessment of patients who may be at risk of dementia.
The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) rewards general practices for the provision of quality care, based on key performance indicators. It is a voluntary process for all general practices in England and was introduced as part of the GP contract in 2004.
The QOF subset 2014-15 dementia data extraction supports the government's Dementia Challenge, which aims to improve the national diagnosis rate of dementia. See 'Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF), Recorded Dementia Diagnoses, April 2014 - March 2015'.
The National Dementia and Antipsychotic Prescribing (DAP) Audit gathers information from GP practices to give a national picture of prescribing antipsychotic medication for people with dementia.
The Mental Health Minimum Data Set (MHMDS) contains record-level data about the care of adults and older people using secondary mental health services. The MHMDS is unique in its coverage, because it covers services provided in hospitals, outpatient clinics and in the community, where the majority of people in contact with these services are treated.