Royal Cornwall Hospitals meet CQUIN targets for dementia care
22 April 2013
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is to become one of the first
in the UK to exceed all its Commissioning Quality for
Innovation (CQUIN) targets for dementia care after implementing
software from IMS MAXIMS.
The Department of Health's CQUIN requirements aim to help
identify patients with dementia and other causes of cognitive
impairment to enable a better referral process, reduced length of
stays in hospital and effective follow-up care.
The trust opted to deploy an electronic rather than a paper-based
system in order to provide enhanced data collection, ability to
record findings, assessment and investigation and for its accurate
referrals process. It also sought a system that ensured data is
integrated with day-to-day management of patients; using information
to ensure efficient, effective services at all times as well as
allowing clinical staff to act on their findings, in order to care
for patients to the highest standards possible.
The dementia system prompts healthcare professionals to make
relevant assessments for people with suspected dementia, while
guiding them to the correct care pathway.
The Department of Health's CQUIN payment framework incentivises
the identification of patients with dementia as well as prompting
appropriate referral and follow-up. It is now being extended to show
how quality dementia care is being delivered.
Frazer Underwood, associate director of nursing and consultant
nurse for older people at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust said:
"This system means we are able to ensure that all patients over 75
years old are identified, assessed and referred as appropriate. It
enables us to increase the early identification of people with
dementia. In Cornwall, we have 10% more older people than the
national average and the prevalence of dementia correlates with that
Dementia affects an estimated 670,000 people in England alone,
with this figure expected to double in the next 30 years. This is
already resulting in more than 25% of general hospital beds at any
one time being occupied by patients who have been diagnosed with