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Be Active Plus - Information for surgeries

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Referring a patient

If you would like to refer a patient please complete a Be active plus referral form, or a Birmingham Lifestyle Services Referral Form (completing section D1) and send it to the Be active plus office:

Fax: 0121 464 6035
Email: bhambeactiveplus@nhs.net
Manor House
40 Moat Lane
B5 5BD


Reports are available on Be active plus – if you would like a copy please contact the team on the details above. The following statistics are based on figures for 1st October – 31st December 2013

Information from the initial stage of Be active plus

Referral rate:

  • Target number of people to be referred from surgeries 480
  • Actual number of people referred by surgeries 545
  • Percentage 113%

Most common primary reasons for referral

  • Obesity 25%
  • Diabetes 18%
  • Hypertension 17%
  • Depression / anxiety 11.5%
  • High CHD risk 7.5%

(note: system only measures primary reason for referral, many patients have more than one criteria ticked)


  • Male 38%
  • Female 62%


  • Under 18 2%
  • 18 – 34 17%
  • 35 – 44 17.5%
  • 45 – 59 35.5%
  • Over 60 28%


  • People who class themselves as having a disability 17%

Information from the exit stage of Be active plus

Number of people who have completed Be active plus since their start in April 2012 is 714

(note: patients are on the scheme for 3 months and so many results are still pending)

7 day PAR results.

Self reported physical activity participation rates in the previous 7 days.

  • Average increase of 61 mins in physical activity participation including walking (80% increase)
  • Average increase of 70 mins in physical activity participation excluding walking (226% increase)

Blood pressure and resting heart rate

  • Average decrease of 3 mmHg for the systolic score
  • Average decrease of 2 mmHg for the diastolic score
  • Average decrease of 2 beats per minute for resting heart rate

Body Mass Index

  • Average decrease of 0.5 units
  • Average reduces from 33.5 to 33.0 – a 1.5% decrease

Note: both scores are still in the obese category

Mental Health

Patients are asked to complete a mental health questionnaire – WEMWBS – which provides a score, the higher the number the better their mental health.

  • Average increase of 4 points (12% increase)

Note: the questionnaire is not designed to measure changes over time, rather for statistics for populations as a whole


Patients are asked how many alcohol free days they have each week.

  • The average score remains at 6 alcohol free days per week at start and exit.

For more details contact:

Sarah Barge – Vulnerable Adults Project Manager – 464 6056 or sarah.barge@birmingham.gov.uk