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National Audit of Dementia

                

 

What is the National Audit of Dementia?

The National Audit of Dementia is working with hospitals providing general acute inpatient services to measure criteria relating to care delivery which are known to impact on people with dementia admitted to hospital. 

 

Criteria include policies and governance in the hospital that recognise and support the needs of people with dementia, elements of comprehensive assessment, involvement of carers, discharge planning, and identified changes to support needs during admission.

 

The first round of audit took place in 2010. Nearly all (99%) acute Trusts/Health Boards in England and Wales registered one or more sites to participate.

 

The second round of audit took place in 2012. All acute Trusts/Health Boards in England and Wales registered one or more sites to participate.

 

National Audit of Dementia in Ireland:

 

Other CCQI projects involved with the care of older people:

 

 

The third round of audit (2015 - 2017)

The College has been awarded a three year contract funded by Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), to continue managing the National Audit of Dementia. The audit will examine the care provided to people with dementia in acute hospital settings in England and Wales.  The audit will include:

 

  • A survey of carer experience of quality of care
  • A case note audit of people with dementia, focusing on key elements of assessment, monitoring, referral and discharge
  • An organisational checklist and analysis of routine data collected on delayed discharge, complaints and staff training
  • A staff questionnaire examining support available to staff and the effectiveness of training and learning opportunities

The third round of audit will run from January 2015 until the end of 2017. A pilot phase will be conducted this year to test the changes (structure and methodology) made to the main audit . A parallel pilot will be carried out in community hospitals (feasibility study) to examine their inclusion in the main audit.

 

Key dates 

Pilot phase and feasibility study (2015 - 2016):

  • January - May 2015: Review of standards and development of audit tools/surveys; establishing sampling methodology for pilot phase and feasibility study
  • February - May 2015: Recruitment of pilot sites  
  • August - November 2015: Data collection for pilot and feasibility study
  • January - February 2016: Preliminary reporting for pilot and feasibility study sites only

Main audit (2015 - 2017):

  • February 2015 - February 2016: Recruitment for main audit
  • April - December 2016: Data collection period
  • April - June 2017: National reporting
  • June - July 2017: Regional reporting
  • November - December 2017: National event

 

More information on the third round of NAD is available here.

 

 

 

 
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NEWS


NAD3 (MAIN AUDIT)REGISTRATION

Registration for the main audit (2016-2017) is now open. To register for the main audit, please complete a registration form.


E-BULLETIN 2015: Sharing practice to improve care for people with dementia 

Following the previous bulletin in 2014, hospitals contacted NAD with further articles on the positive changes made to improve the quality of care for people with dementia.  


E-Bulletin: sharing good practice

This e-bulletin presents some of the key actions identified by hospitals following the second round of audit, including detailed update information provided by hospitals during telephone interviews and email contact in May and June of this year.


dementia action alliance launches survey

To mark the fourth year of the National Dementia Declaration the Dementia Action Alliance is surveying people affected by dementia and professionals supporting them to find out whether current activity is leading to real changes on the ground. 

To complete a survey please go to the DAA website.


Easy access version of the national report

An easy access version of the key findings and recommendations of the national report is now available to download from our reports page.