About this release

This release by Public Health Scotland presents data up to 31 March 2019 in the Dementia Benchmarking Toolkit (external website). The toolkit provides a mechanism for monitoring and tracking change and improvement over time in respect of dementia services in Scotland. The toolkit contains data on expenditure, prescribing, Quality and Outcomes Framework and hospital activity up to 31 March 2019.

Main points

For Scotland as a whole for the financial year ending March 2019:

  • the total expenditure for Geriatric Services decreased from £719 per head of population (65+years) in 2017/18 to £708 per head of population (65+) in 2018/19.
  • the average length of stay for people discharged from a psychiatric hospital with a dementia diagnosis, decreased from 175.3 days in 2017/18 to 144.3 days in 2018/19.
  • 6 out of 10 (62.4%) people, who were admitted from their home to hospital with dementia were discharged back to their home. This is similar to 2017/18 (59.6%).


The Dementia Benchmarking Toolkit provides information to support the five key challenges of the Scottish Government’s Dementia Strategy:

View Scotland's National Dementia Strategy (external website)

Key indicators of dementia service performance are grouped within five domains in the toolkit to enable comparison of key aspects of performance and to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement.

Further information

Further information is available on the Dementia Benchmarking Toolkit on the Data and Intelligence website (external website).

PHS will consult on and review the use of the toolkit in early 2021.

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Older versions of this publication

Versions of this publication released before 16 March 2020 may be found on the Data and Intelligence, Health Protection Scotland or Improving Health websites.

Last updated: 07 October 2022
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