2015/16 - what have we done?

Our efforts during 2015/16 focused on our Bradford Beating Diabetes programme. The programme looks to make our population aware, active, healthy and in control of Type 2 diabetes. 

Bradford Beating Diabetes

NEW BBD logo 1The Bradford Beating Diabetes programme is delivered in conjunction with NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK. It aims to identify people who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and offer support in making lifestyle changes. As a a result of being identified by the programme, it is expected that people will reduce their risk, preventing or postponing the onset of Type 2 diabetes. 

There are two phases to Bradford Beating Diabetes programme:

  • Phase one - looks at people who, as a result of a previous blood test, show they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If shown to be at risk, they will be invited to attend an appointment for a further blood test to assess their level of risk. If someone is at high risk, they will be referred to the local diabetes prevention programme groups where they will be given lifestyle advice and support on how to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • Phase two - involves all patients who are above the age of 40 or between the ages of 25-39 (if from a South Asian, Chinese or African-Caribbean background). People who are identified to be at risk in these groups are invited to attend an appointment for a blood test to assess their level of risk. If someone is identified to be at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, they are referred to the local diabetes prevention programme. 

Our CCG has completed phase one of the Bradford Beating Diabetes programme and started phase two. 

Intervention - Bradford's diabetes prevention programme 

To identify people who might be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, we are proactively case finding in GP practices. From doing proactive case finding, we know that there are over 54,000 people in Bradford who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. So far, we have seen over 21,000 people who have been given advice on how to reduce their risk.

However, only a small percentage of people wanted to be referred to our diabetes prevention programme groups. We know that this needs to improve, which is why we are working on offering more choice in our interventions so that people can choose how they want to make changes to prevent the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. 

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Activity and results

Overall, our evaluation shows that our prevention programme is having great results. Our data shows statistically significant changes to BMI, waist circumference, increased activity levels and improved general understanding of how to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

BC BBD activityAcross our CCG and Bradford Districts CCG, 442 patients have been added to the diabetic register since 1st October 2015. in total, over 1,500 new patients have been added to the register. Without proactive targeting of high risk individuals through the Bradford Beating Diabetes programme, it is likely that these people would have remained undiagnosed.

These figures demonstrate that the Bradford Beating Diabetes programme raises awareness and also identifies people with diabetes at an early stage, reducing the risk of complications.