CCG hears positive impact of diabetes campaign on patient’s lifestyle
Published on: 12 January 2015
Clinical leaders in Bradford City will hear first-hand about the positive impact the Bradford Beating Diabetes campaign has had on one patient’s life at a meeting on Wednesday (14 Jan).
Bradford mum-of-three Mumtaz Mansha, who was found to be at risk of diabetes, will tell NHS Bradford City CCG’s governing body how being diagnosed was a wake-up call which encouraged her to make small changes to her lifestyle that can have a huge impact on her health and wellbeing.
Bradford Beating Diabetes (BBD) was launched by the CCG in November 2013 and aims to raise awareness of the condition and prevent people from developing it. It also supports those who are currently being treated for diabetes, ensuring they receive the correct healthcare to manage their symptoms and prevent any complications.
Mumtaz’s wider family – including her dad, aunties and uncles – has a history of diabetes so she was invited by her GP practice to attend for diabetes screening. When she was found to have a raised blood glucose level she was offered a place on the Intensive Lifestyle Change Programme (ILCP) as part of the BBD campaign.
“I was shocked and scared when the doctor first told me I was in the pre-diabetes stage and, on his advice, made some fairly immediate changes to my lifestyle – including starting a strict diet and going to the local ladies-only gym,” said Mumtaz.
"It was hard to resist the temptation of my favourite food though – especially sweets and takeaways – so joining the ILCP classes helped me to find the long-term motivation that I needed.”
Mumtaz joined can ILCP programme near her home, led by health trainer Nazneen Baksh. With encouraged from the group, she has changed her eating habits and her children are following her lead by changing theirs too.
“Having the right mind-set is important;” said Mumtaz “and the ILCP programme helped me to gain that. I have understood more about diabetes, its potential complications and how it can be prevented. I’m more aware of what to avoid, and what to do differently to stave off what would otherwise have been inevitable.”
Dr Akram Khan, clinical chair of Bradford City CCG, said: “I’m very proud that the BBD programme is having such a positive effect on so many people’s lives. We knew many local people either had or were at risk of diabetes and we were determined to tackle this head-on with the support of our GP practices.
“Hearing Mumtaz’s story really brings it home how people can change their lifestyle for the good with the right help and support. We still have a long way to go but I’m confident that our approach will become good practice across Bradford City and word will spread throughout communities about the importance of being diabetes-aware.”
The CCG’s governing body will also hear Mumtaz’s idea that the BBD programme could become more widely known about by developing it through contacts with community centres, local networks and schools – and particularly target middle-aged women.
Since November 2013, Bradford Beating Diabetes has seen a number of achievements:
all 27 City GP practices are involved
over 900 patients have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes
over 10,000 patients have received a brief lifestyle intervention
the total number of diabetic patients receiving all nine key checks to manage their condition and keep them healthy has increased from 40% to 56%
142 patients have started ILCPs and there are 78 on the waiting list.
Bradford City CCG’s governing body is holding its meeting in public at Kala Sangam Arts Centre, St Peter’s House, Forster Square, Bradford BD1 4TY, on Wednesday 14 January at 5.30pm. The agenda and associated papers are available on the CCG website.
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