We collect and publish data about people with dementia at each GP practice, so that the NHS (GPs and commissioners) can make informed choices about how to plan their services around their patient’s needs.
This publication includes the rate of dementia diagnosis. As not everyone with dementia has a formal diagnosis, this statistic compares the number of people thought to have dementia with the number of people diagnosed with dementia, aged 65 and over.
The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to unprecedented changes in the work and behaviour of General Practices and subsequently the data within this publication will be impacted, including indicators and contextual data from Patients Registered in a GP Practice.
This data is extracted through General Practice Extraction Service therefore the burden of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has not affected the data collection of this publication. The data has been impacted by COVID19, including the diagnosis rate (of those aged 65 or over estimated to have dementia have dementia), which is summarised in the supplementary report.
As such we urge caution in drawing any conclusions from these data without consideration of the country's circumstances as of 30th September 2020 and would recommend that any uses of these data are accompanied by an appropriate caveat.
Supplementary report - changes impacting the rate of dementia diagnosis
The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to changes in the work and behaviour of General Practices and subsequently the data within Recorded Dementia Diagnoses publication has been impacted. The
supplementary report discusses the impact on the data reported in the publication.
Recorded dementia diagnosis rate
441,909 have a coded diagnosis of dementia as at 30th September 2020, an increase of 462 since 31st August 2020
Diagnosis rate in those aged 65 and over
63.0% of those aged 65 or over estimated to have dementia have a coded diagnosis of dementia as at 30th September 2020. A decrease from 63.1% in 31st August 2020
Medication reviews for people with a coded diagnosis of dementia
87,110 (19.7%) of those with a record of receiving a dementia care plan or dementia care plan review by their GP practice at 30th September 2020 had their medication reviewed by a GP in the preceding 12 months