fastingProvisional figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show 344,000 patients had a recorded diagnosis of dementia in 2013-14. This is a rise from 319,000 in 2012-13 and from 213,000 in 2006-07, when the data was first collected.

These 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.

The report 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 cent. 
  • 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.

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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