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S5W-09428: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the target is for the provison of post-diagnosis dementia support, and (a) how many and (b) what percentage of people diagnosed received this in each of the last five years, also broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 2 June 2017

In 2013 the Scottish Government designed a national target (now standard) to give effect to a guarantee that everyone newly diagnosed with dementia between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016 will have received at least a year’s worth of post-diagnostic support, coordinated by a named Link Worker and this remains a commitment. The first round of national performance data, reporting on the dementia post-diagnostic LDP Standard, was published in January 2017 and the full publication can be found at: https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Mental-Health/Publications/2017-01-24/2017-01-24-DementiaPDS-Report.pdf

This report sets out the estimated number of people diagnosed with dementia by NHS board, and reports the numbers receiving this service in 2014-15. This is the first publication to report on performance against the LDP Standard, and will do so for patients who have a recorded diagnosis of dementia within the 2014-15 financial year. This is the only complete year of data available.