Improving diagnosis and diagnosis pathways

This project aims to suport CCGs in the South West to deliver 2013-14 and 2014-15 ambitions for diagnosis rates by improving diagnosis in primary care and diagnosis pathways.

This project includes:

  • An evaluation of existing primary care diagnostic pathways
  • Mapping primary care competency requirements against pathways
  • Provision of guidance on the use, and commissioning, of structural brain imaging
  • Provision of guidance on the initiation of anti-dementia drugs in primary care
  • Facilitating diagnosis in a timely and cost-effective way, with reference to the new Dementia Prevalence Calculator and Dementia Direct Enhanced Service 2013-14
  • Implement ’10 Key Steps for improving dementia diagnosis and diagnosis pathways’ via sub regional workshops
  • Provide bespoke support for CCGs with greatest challenge
  • Engage with LETB and deaneries to promote access to training and education for range of staff groups