More patients diagnosed with dementia thanks to NELIE

NEL CSU’s Business Intelligence web service NELIE is proving its worth in helping GPs identify patients with a potential dementia diagnosis, with an average increase of more than 5 percent in diagnosis rates for our CCG clients.

Last September NHS England asked the CSU to provide support to GP practices to harmonise their clinical registers by allowing them to see all their potential dementia diagnoses at a secondary care level and so enable them to be recorded on the practice dementia register (QoF).

The Dementia Diagnosis Improvement Programme (DDI) data extracts have been available to GP practices since August 2014.   Using the same rules for the DDI data NEL CSU was able to produce a report through NELIE that searched SUS (Secondary Uses Service data from HSCIC) for the same patients. As NELIE is refreshed monthly with SUS data, NEL CSU GP customers were able to identify more dementia patients. Where NELIE had access to local GP Data (300 practices) the report was enhanced enabling practices to know exactly which SUS patients weren’t in their local register.

Of the 1017 practices we contacted, 821 chose to download the data.  Practices who completed work to harmonise their clinical records reported an increase in diagnosis rates of between 8-10 percent.

Since November and NELCSU’s involvement our 28 CCGs have seen an average of more than 5 percent in their dementia diagnosis rates, with Castle Point and Rochford over 10 percent and Waltham Forest a massive 13 percent.