Dementia

  • In England, 4.3 people per 100 population aged 65 years and over have a recorded diagnosis of dementia on their GP practice record in 2018
  • For people aged under 65 years in England, 3.4 people per 10,000 population have a diagnosis, an increase on the rate for 2017 (Gov.UK, 2019).

Many patients with dementia will be admitted to hospital and it is known from national data that this has a negative impact on patient outcomes when compared to an individual of the same age without this condition, for example:

◾Increased length of stay

◾Increased mortality

◾Increased likelihood of ongoing long term support.

Every day, almost 600 people in the UK develop dementia. In the UK there are more women
with dementia than men. People over 65 are more likely to get dementia, but it can affect younger people too.

Some people may be more likely to develop dementia than others, like those who have had a stroke, or who have:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Depression (Alzheimer’s Research UK, 2020).

At a Lancashire level, an expert reference group (Level 3 QIPP) has been established and is currently developing a dementia case for change, colleagues from the Trust are involved in this work.