This report published by NHS England is designed to provide commissioners and service providers with detailed information about real alternative models of dementia assessment and diagnosis, with a cost breakdown.
The report provides a snapshot in time of three models of dementia assessment and diagnosis currently being used in dementia care in the NHS in England:
- Gnosall Surgery – a primary care managed service with specialist outreach
- Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Memory Protection Services for Sunderland, Gateshead and South Tyneside Locality – a specialist care led service with primary care support
- Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust – an entirely specialist led service
The report presents indicative costs for each model along with the benefits for patients and carers, and considerations about developing the service, giving good insights into how a local Clinical Commissioning Group might approach a review of its local service with an aim to making improvements in their current practice.