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Revealed: CCG and local authority data on dementia

Revealed: CCG and local authority data on dementia

A new dementia profile has been published to bring together information held by clinical commissioners groups (CCGs) and local authorities
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A new dementia profile has been published to bring together information held by clinical commissioners groups (CCGs) and local authorities.

The profile, developed by Public Health England’s (PHE) National Dementia Intelligence Network (DIN), will allow health care professionals bespoke comparison between local authorities and CCG’s in England in an interactive online platform.

It aims to help commissioners identify variation in dementia prevalence, investigate the reasons for any differences, and improve outcomes.

Professor John Newton, chief knowledge officer at Public Health England, said: “Having all this data available in one place presents major opportunities to commissioners.”

The profile shares key information, such as how many people have dementia broken down by area and age; the number of people who have received an NHS health check; the number of people who have depression; emergency hospital admission numbers; and where people with dementia die.

Also newly today is a Data Catalogue, which lists and highlights all dementia data currently available at CCG and local authority level, in order to ensure gaps in dementia data are filled and encourage joint working across organisations.

George McNamara, head of policy at Alzheimer’s Society, said: "One of the problems in preventing poor care has been a lack of information and transparency. This important resource is a step towards tackling the postcode lottery, supporting commissioners to make evidence-based decisions about what services are needed.”

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