Quality statements

Quality statements

Statement 1 People accessing behaviour change interventions and programmes in mid-life are advised that the risk of developing dementia can be reduced by making lifestyle changes. [new 2019]

Statement 2 People with suspected dementia are referred to a specialist dementia diagnostic service if reversible causes of cognitive decline have been investigated. [2010, updated 2019]

Statement 3 People with dementia are given the opportunity to discuss advance care planning at diagnosis and at each health and social care review. [2010, updated 2019]

Statement 4 People with dementia have a single named practitioner to coordinate their care. [2010, updated 2019]

Statement 5 People with dementia are supported to choose from a range of activities to promote wellbeing that are tailored to their preferences. [2013, updated 2019]

Statement 6 People with dementia have a structured assessment before starting non-pharmacological or pharmacological treatment for distress. [2010, updated 2019]

Statement 7 Carers of people with dementia are offered education and skills training. [2010, updated 2019]

In 2019, this quality standard was updated to focus on a small number of priority areas for quality improvement. Statements included in 2010 and 2013 may have been updated [2010 or 2013, updated 2019] or replaced [new 2019]. For more information, see update information.

Statements 1, 3, 9 and 10 from the 2010 quality standard for dementia: support in health and social care and statements 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 from the 2013 quality standard for dementia: independence and wellbeing are still supported by the evidence. These may be useful at a local level and are available as pdfs on the history tab.

NICE has developed guidance and a quality standard on patient experience in adult NHS services, service user experience in adult mental health services and people's experience using adult social care services (see the NICE Pathways on patient experience in adult NHS services, service user experience in adult mental health services and people's experience in adult social care services), which should be considered alongside these quality statements.

Other quality standards that should be considered when commissioning or providing dementia services include:

A full list of NICE quality standards is available from the quality standards topic library.