Latest figures about the uptake of different Directed Enhanced Services (DES) obtained by Pulse magazine show that the dementia DES is the most popular of the new services GPs can provide, with over 59 per cent now signed up to taking a more proactive approach to diagnosing people living with dementia.
Earlier this year changes were proposed by NHS England which encouraged GPs to take a more proactive approach to finding people in their areas who had dementia. They were invited to provide a Directed Enhanced Service (DES) for dementia, which meant taking the time to identify patients at high risk of dementia.
‘It’s really pleasing to see that over half of GP practices are keen to take a proactive approach to diagnosing dementia. Over half of people living with dementia never receive a diagnosis, missing out on vital treatments and support. We hope that this uptake will give more people living with the condition a chance to receive a diagnosis.
With GPs increasingly being encouraged to spot the signs of dementia in their patients, Alzheimer’s Society launched the new dementia guide, to give doctors confidence in providing the information people need after a diagnosis of dementia. With an extension having been granted to some for signing up to DES, we hope other practices will take on the new service, so proactively diagnosing dementia can become commonplace.’
Head of Public Affairs and Policy Alzheimer’s Society