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Putting dementia on the map and driving up standards of care

Jeremy Hunt yesterday launched a new interactive online map allowing members of the public to see the quality of dementia care and support in their local area.

The map is part of a landmark ‘state of nation’ report, which shines a light on the quality of dementia care in England.

670,000 people currently live with dementia in the UK with this number set to double in the next 30 years.

The map is set to show information such as diagnosis rates, how often anti-psychotic drugs are prescribed to patients and referral rates for further investigation. By entering their postcode, people will be able to see this data in an accessible and easy to understand format. This information will give the details they need to hold organisations to account over poor services and will also highlight areas that are performing well.

The aim of the map is to not only make the public aware of the information but to help drive up standards across the country.

Health secretary, Jeremy Hunt says: “Dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face as a nation. This report and map will help drive up standards of dementia care across the country by showing what excellent care looks like, and challenging the rest to become like the best. Full transparency is the best way to drive up standards and tackle poor performance.

We must come together as a society to get better at fighting dementia. We all have a role to play in helping people manage dementia better and supporting them to lead healthier lives.”

While there has been a slight increase nationally in the diagnosis rate from 46% in 2011/12 to 48% in 2012/13, the diagnosis rate varies across the country, from 39% being the worst performing areas to 75% in the best.