Certificate ceremony for Bradford champions fighting diabetes

A special ceremony is being staged to present a group of Bradford Diabetes Champions with certificates.

The newly-appointed Champions are part of the Bradford Beating Diabetes (BBD) campaign, launched by NHS Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) last year.

The Champions, from all walks of life and of all ages, are an integral part of the pro-active campaign which aims to help prevent people from developing diabetes.

Part of their role is to run innovative Intensive Lifestyle Change Programme (ILCP) groups at venues throughout the city, supporting those at high risk of developing the condition.

Their training is now complete and their hard work and dedication is being recognised at the certificate ceremony, which takes place on Tuesday, 8 April, from 1pm to 3pm, at the Carlisle Business Centre, Bradford. The certificates will be presented by Allison Bingham, Deputy Director of In-Patient Services.

A number of Health Trainer Service trainees will also be presented with certificates at the event.

The BBD campaign was launched on 14 November – World Diabetes Day – and runs until at least March next year.

It is aimed at identifying everyone in the City at risk of developing diabetes in the future. The campaign is also ensuring the 7,500 diabetic patients in the City are receiving the right help, support and treatment necessary for their condition. But it is believed almost 6,000 more people could be at moderate to high risk of developing diabetes.

A number of awareness-raising events have already been held, including ‘Purple Day’ when City Hall’s famous clock tower and the fountains in City Park were floodlit in the BBD campaign’s colour.

Letters have also been sent out to those thought to be at risk, inviting them to go to their GP for a blood test. Those with a positive result have then been invited to attend one of the ILCP groups run by the Diabetes Champions.
“The work of the Diabetes Champions is a vital part of the Bradford Beating Diabetes campaign. They are the faces of the campaign and are doing a sterling job supporting those at risk of developing diabetes in the future. Presenting them with their certificates is our way of saying thank you,” said Dr Adeel Iqbal, GP lead for long-term conditions at NHS Bradford City CCG.