Early Diagnosis of Dementia

Dr Simon Wright is Consultant Psychiatrist for Older People at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust and mamber of the BGS Dementia and related disorders special interest groupbrain

The issue of the early diagnosis of dementia, although not new, has recently been highlighted by the National dementia CQUIN for the screening for cognitive disorders in patients admitted to acute care, which commenced in 2012.

Other initiatives including a new NHS Call to Action, “The Right Care” has highlighted the need for acute hospital to be more “dementia aware and friendly”,  given the problems associated for caring for somebody with dementia in an acute setting. including delayed discharge and increased re-admission rates. A similar CQUIN programme is to be started in primary care from April 2013.  Continue reading