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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

Summary of main statistics

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 604
  • Percentage 126%

Most common primary reasons for referral

  • Obesity 27%
  • Hypertension 17%
  • Diabetes 15%
  • Depression / anxiety 10.5%

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


  • Male 38.5%
  • Female 61.5%


  • Under 18 1.5%
  • 18 – 34 16%
  • 35 – 44 15.5%
  • 45 – 59 36%
  • Over 60 31%


People who class themselves as having a disability (n=272) 33.5%

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 2333

(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 75 mins in physical activity participation including walking to a total of 150 mins per week (the national recommended target is 150 mins). (100% increase).
  • Average increase of 70 mins in physical activity participation excluding walking (250% increase)

Blood pressure and resting heart rate

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

Body Mass Index

  • Average decrease of 0.8 units
  • Average reduces from 33.5 to 32.7 – a 2.4% 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 (12.90% 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