Dementia Care in General Hospitals Round 5 Audit 2022 (NAD)

Reports | Published: 10 Aug 2023

The National Audit of Dementia (NAD) has published its latest report, which presents the results of the fifth round of audit data. For the first time, the audit has been undertaken prospectively (which will enable hospitals to take earlier action to improve patient care and experience), however, this has demonstrated that many hospitals still have no ready mechanism to identify people with dementia once admitted.

One notable improvement is delirium screening (dementia is the biggest risk factor for developing delirium). Screening for delirium has improved from 58% in round 4 to 87% in the current audit. In addition, a high number of pain assessments are also being undertaken within 24 hours of admission (85%). Although encouraging, the report highlights that 61% of these assessments were based only on a question about pain – an approach that can be unreliable in patients with dementia.

While this report acknowledges that our health services have experienced an extraordinarily difficult and challenging time (and, despite this, there are areas where progress has been made), it does shine a light on a need for more training. It states that is encouraging that many staff have received Tier 1 dementia training (median 86%), but suggests that a much higher proportion of ward-based patient facing staff should have received Tier 2 dementia training (median 45%). The report also finds that only 58% of hospitals are able to report the proportion of staff who have received training. As such, it recommends that any member of staff involved in the direct care of people with dementia should have Tier 2 training, and this training should be recorded to provide assurance to the public and regulators.

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