Birmingham City Council

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
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 April – 30 June 2013

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 531

(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 44 mins in physical activity participation including walking (62% increase)
  • Average increase of 73 mins in physical activity participation excluding walking (221% increase)

Blood pressure and resting heart rate

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

Body Mass Index

  • Average decrease of 0.4 units
  • Average reduces from 33.5 to 33.1 – a 1.2% decrease (both scores in 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 2 points (5.5% 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.

  • Average increase of 1 alcohol free day per week – from 5 to 6 days per week.


The results are pleasing - all results are positive

The results provide objective data that people are being much more active during their time on Be active plus with the 7 PAR results, which is the main aim of the scheme.

For more details contact:

Sarah Barge – Vulnerable Adults Project Manager – 464 6056 or