Boosting timely diagnosis

Improving and integrating post diagnostic support pathways

The DAA Action Group on Diagnosis and Post Diagnostic Support has delivered a report on DAA member and other stakeholder views regarding early/timely diagnosis. Co-funded by the DH, the report seeks to provide substance in appreciating the range of views and progressing together from common ground. This work will be ongoing, with the Action Group seeking to facilitate cooperation between members and all sectors in making such progress. The report is expected to be the start of an iterative process for advances through primary care in association with all health and social care potentials, and not simply a fait accompli.

The present Report is intended principally for the benefit of GPs and primary care. The intention from the outset was to encourage Prevention and Timely Diagnosis, and to address the perceived “black hole” of poor post-diagnostic support for patients and carers once they have presented and/or had a diagnosis.

The Action Group Report reflects and seeks to both further substantiate and to progress the 5 June 2013 stakeholder’s meeting at the Kings Fund - convened by NHS England and the BMA - which showed how strong the potential for professional consensus and effective action has become. Focus points in common include better post-diagnostic support for patients and carers, information prescriptions, and prospects for prevention / crisis prevention.

Benefits of Timely Dementia Diagnosis report