National Audit of Dementia Round 6

Round 6 of the audit will begin August 2023.

The Audit will use the same sampling requirements and methodologies as the previous round. This audit will begin on 14 August 2023.

Registration for the next round of the National Audit of Dementia care in general hospitals is now open. Please complete this form to  register your hospital

Acute hospitals are eligible to participate if they have more than one ward admitting adult patients for 24 hours or longer. 

For this round of audit, the sample will be identified by prospective identification of patients with dementia or possible dementia as they are admitted to the hospital. 

Casenote audit components 

1. Identification of eligible patients. 

Taking a period of at least 4 weeks (14 August- 10 September) identify all patients with dementia (or probable dementia) admitted to your hospital, submitting demographic and admitting condition information. You may take beyond 4 weeks to identify patients if you have less than 40-80 patients who have dementia admitted during that time. 

2. Data entry using focussed data set for a sample of patients. 

From 14 August onwards, you can submit data on your sample (first 40-80 patients based on consecutive admissions). By 13 November complete all Part 1 and 2 data. 

3. Discharge information  

By 12 January, complete all records with discharge date and destination.  

Items from the casenote audit have been provisionally selected for outlier analysis with the approval of the Steering Group. See measures approved by the October 2022 meeting of the Steering Group

For this round of audit, the sample will be identified by prospective identification of patients with dementia or possible dementia as they are admitted to the hospital. 

Casenote audit components 

1. Identification of eligible patients. 

Taking a period of at least 4 weeks (29 January - 25 February) identify all patients with dementia (or probable dementia) admitted to your hospital, submitting demographic and admitting condition information. You may take beyond 4 weeks to identify patients if you have less than 20-40 patients who have dementia admitted during that time. 

For the Flex Period, please number your patients newly identified from 29 January beginning NAD301 onwards. 

2. Data entry using focussed data set for a sample of patients. 

From 29 January onwards, you can submit data on your sample (first 20-40, depending on your Autumn entry). The deadline for all Part One and Two data is 11 April 2024. 

3. Discharge information  

By 31 May, complete all records with discharge date and destination.  

Items from the casenote audit have been provisionally selected for outlier analysis with the approval of the Steering Group. See measures approved by the October 2022 meeting of the Steering Group. (PDF) 

The Annual Dementia statement collects information about your hospital relating to care provision and monitoring of the quality of care for people with dementia.   

The output is a series of statements demonstrating the achievement and progress your hospital has made in its work to ensure a good standard of care.  

1. Is the audit part of the Quality Account and are hospital Trusts expected to take part?

Yes, this audit is part of the Quality Account and therefore participation is expected for general acute hospitals.

2. Is this audit UK-wide?

The audit is for general acute hospitals in England and Wales. Contact us if you want to discuss participation/use of audit tools for hospitals elsewhere.

3. Is data collection per site, or across the Trust?

This audit remains a site level audit.

4. How long will the data collection tool/period be open for?

The mandatory data collection period is 14 August until 10 September 2023.

5. How many patients do we need to identify in the four-week period?

We are asking for a minimum of 40 in the mandatory data collection period. We have reviewed the sample sizes for this round of audit in relation to the selected sample (parts 2 and 3). Please see Round 6 Varying Sample Size Guidance

If you think that you will have less than 40 patients over the four-week period, please get in touch with us to discuss your options.

6. If a patient is admitted with more than one subtype of dementia, which one is selected?

In these instances, please provide the first recorded subtype.

7. If a patient is admitted with more than 1 condition (e.g. delirious with a UTI) which do we record?

In these instances, please report the primary admitting condition.

8. Is the Annual Dementia Statement per hospital site, or per Trust?

We require one Annual Dementia Statement per hospital. Please note some of the questions are at Trust level.

9. If we have a digital system what information should we be requesting?

Your digital system may contain a field which identifies (via selection of a screening tool or other means) patients with a recorded (or probable) diagnosis of dementia. The patient list can be extracted from this data field.*

10. What if we do not have a digital system in our hospital?

The audit co-ordinator will require information forwarded to them when people with dementia are identified, eg a weekly list from wards.*

11. Do we need to apply National Data Opt Out for NAD Round 6?

The National Data Opt Out only applies for processing confidential patient data where the Duty of Confidentiality is met via S.251 approval.

As this audit is not collecting any identifiable data requiring Section 251 approval then it is out of scope of the NDOO.

12. Part 1 of the Casenote Audit tool asks whether the patient has been in hospital for 24 hours or more. Does this include time in Emergency Department?

Patients who have only attended A&E/ED should not be counted. Patient time in ED may be counted, but only if there is a Decision to Admit and from that point onwards.

13. For Dementia/Delirium Assessment and Pain Assessments, if these were done in Emergency Department, would they be recorded as “Yes, done within 24 hours”.

Assessments done in ED immediately prior to admission should be recorded as ‘Yes within 24 hours’ (and the date given will be the date of admission).

14. What level of training is required for ADS question 6.3. 'Please give the number of AHPs in your Trust who have a subspeciality/ specific special interest in dementia.'

This should be a qualification amounting to a specialism in dementia, which may be multi-component dependent on the discipline as we understand, beyond tier 2 training.

15. We do not know what our NHS code is – where can we find it?

All sites have a designated NHS site code that can be found here.

We advise sites to select ‘NHS Trust site’ from the ‘Type’ drop down menu and input their hospital site name and postcode.

You will be presented with a list of options:

The ‘type’ should be NHS Trust site and the ‘state’ should be open. (If your service is in Wales, choose ’Local Health Board Site' from the drop down menu).

To view a result more closely, click on the link and more information will appear. The ‘parent’ should be the name of your NHS Trust. If these details match, provide us with the hospital code assigned to that link.

 

*If you would like to discuss information available to you for prospective ID, please contact the NAD team.

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