In this blog Alistair introduces the National Commissioning for quality and innovation (CQUIN) plan. The CQUIN will be introduced in April with the aim of improving some areas of dementia care in hospital.
The CQUIN aims to increase awareness around dementia as people are admitted to hospital. A flowchart has been developed for healthcare staff to use.
The CQUIN has three main aims:
- Identifying people with dementia – members of staff will ask members of the family or friends of a person admitted to hospital if the patient has suffered any problems with their memory in the last 12 months
- Asses people with dementia – if there is evidence to suggest a problem with their memory, that person will be given a dementia risk assessment
- Refer on for advice – a referral would be made for further support either to a liaison team, a memory clinic or a GP.