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Annual report brings together GP-level data on recorded dementia diagnoses

*Regional statistics are included within this report

14 July 2017: The latest statistics on dementia prevalence in England have been published today by NHS Digital1.

Recorded Dementia Diagnoses 2016/17 uses information provided by general practices in England about the number of dementia diagnoses in their individual practice2.

The Department of Health (DH), on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and NHS England, directed NHS Digital to establish this data collection in order to receive specific dementia diagnosis data. These data support the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia 2020, which aims to improve the national diagnosis rate of dementia.

For each general practice included in this data collection, NHS Digital receives a count of the number of patients with a dementia diagnosis3 in their clinical record, as well as a count of the total number of registered patients at the practice.

The report also covers topics such as:

  • Dementia related emergency hospital admissions (England)4
  • Dementia prevalence for patients with learning disabilities
  • Recorded dementia diagnoses by ethnicity and age

Read the full report here.

A separate monthly report is also being published today, which includes dementia prevalence figures at a national, sub-national, regional and general practice level .

Read the monthly report here.  


Notes to editors

1. NHS Digital is the national information and technology provider for the health and care system. Our team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend. During the 2015/16 financial year, NHS Digital published 294 statistical reports. Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better. NHS Digital is the new trading name for the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). We provide 'Information and Technology for better health and care'. Find out more about our role and remit

2. For further details about the Recorded Dementia Diagnoses 2016/17 data extraction, please visit

3. Dementia diagnosis is defined in NHS Digital's Quality and Outcomes Framework, which is the annual reward and incentive programme detailing GP Practice achievement results. It rewards practices for the provision of quality care and helps to standardise improvement in the delivery of primary medical services.

4. Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) contains details of all admissions to NHS hospitals in England. It includes private patients treated in NHS hospitals, patients who were resident outside of England and care delivered by treatment centres (including those in the independent sector) funded by the NHS.

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Last edited: 6 February 2019 8:21 am