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Round 4 includes a spotlight audit on 'Hospital initiated prescription of psychotropic medication for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia', this module forms part of the Quality Account in 2019.

Data collection for the spotlight audit is now closed and the report will be published in February 2020.

Participating hospitals in the spotlight audit (PDF)


Round 4 hospital scores across England and Wales


Report Appendices

Additional resources

Data collection tools

Guidance for data collection tools

Other notifications to Trusts

The National Audit of Dementia collects feedback directly from staff working in hospitals and carers for people with dementia. This information includes comments on aspects of care, both positive and negative.  Comments which give rise to cause for grave concern may mean that we need to get in touch with a hospital immediately. The procedure we follow in these cases is set out in this guidance prepared by HQIP. When we do this, we do not pass on any details that may lead to the person who made the comment being identified.

All comments from carers are collated and fed back to hospitals immediately data collection closes so that they can start planning actions they need to take straight away, before receiving their local reports with their complete data.

After analysing the data collected for Round 3, it became apparent that audit questions about delirium might be inconsistently interpreted, both within and between hospital sites. Hospitals were asked to submit data for a Spotlight audit focusing on the identification and assessment of delirium in order to look at variance in interpretation and to gain more accurate knowledge of the extent to which assessments are not performed.

Data collection ran from April to August 2010, with exception of the observation module which ran from January - April  2011.

    Our online privacy notice gives you detailed information on when and why we collect personal information and how we use it.

    Carer and staff surveys are anonymous and case note audit submissions are pseudonymised (we do not ask for any identifying information such as name or NHS number), and allocated a number for the purposes of audit. For further details please refer to our data flow chart (xls). We have completed a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) (doc) to review our management of these data.

    Data collection is via an online audit tool using Formic’s Fusion Survey software. Formic abide by the stringent security requirements of the NHS for its systems and processes. Please see the following data security statement (PDF) on the Formic data collection software.

    We used HQIP’s UPCARE tool (doc) to collate information about the project governance and methodology into a single document.

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