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Bradford launches tailored diabetes scheme


13 January 2014

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Bradford City clinical commissioning group (CCG) has launched a major public awareness campaign on diabetes. 
Currently there are over 7,500 diabetic patients in the City area, with an additional 5,700 people at moderate or high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 
The campaign aims to:
 – Prevent people from developing diabetes

Bradford City clinical commissioning group (CCG) has launched a major public awareness campaign on diabetes. 
Currently there are over 7,500 diabetic patients in the City area, with an additional 5,700 people at moderate or high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 
The campaign aims to:
 – Prevent people from developing diabetes
 – Ensure people with diabetes are using self-care, while also getting the right support 
The CCG wishes to identify everyone who is at risk of developing diabetes to ensure they receive appropriate advice, care and support to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. 
People who have been identified as moderate or high risk over the past 12 months will be sent a letter asking them to book an appointment with the healthcare assistant at their GP practice for a blood test. 
Depending on the results, they will be offered tailored advice or treatment to keep them well. 
Dr  Adeel Iqbal, GP lead for long-term conditions at Bradford City CCG said: “Many patients will be able to go away with expert advice to reduce their chance of getting diabetes, while others at higher risk will be offered an intensive lifestyle change programme to support them to lose weight, get more active and eat a healthy diet. 
“The most important thing is that people get tested so that they know their risk and can take action – it’s as simple as that.” 
In the second phase the campaign will be broadened to continue to raise awareness of diabetes and let people know how they can reduce their risk of developing the condition through simple health and lifestyle changes.
Practices will invite all adults aged over 25 (if they are from South Asian and certain other BME groups) or if they are aged over 40 (and white) and any others with conditions known to increase their risk of developing diabetes. 
Using the Diabetes UK risk score tool to find out whether people are at low, moderate or high risk of developing diabetes, practices will then follow this up by offering appropriate advice and support.

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