This new project seeks to support people with Long Term Conditions (LTC) working in partnership with ARCC we aim to
Target out-reach work to raise awareness of LTCs and risk factors amongst harder to reach communities, and to encourage and enable patients to recognise and present to existing interventions i.e. NHS Health checks, Live Well & Just Be or their GP
- Increasing opportunistic case finding activity to detect and protect two key cohorts of patients i.e. those living with a diagnosed long-term condition for which the clinical treatment targets are not being met; and those with an undiagnosed long-term condition
- Identify people at risk of developing a long-term condition such as people with raised blood pressure (hypertension)
- Support patients to consider lifestyle changes to reduce their risk
From our experience working directly with communities, charities and community leaders we know that we are likely to find people in a vast array of places ranging from shopping centres, schools, to faith gatherings and workplaces.
If you would like to get involved please use the form below
For additional information about Long Term Conditions check out our partners page
Welcome to the Long-term conditions (LTC) project page. Croydon BME (CBME) Forum in partnership with Asian Resource Centre Croydon (ARCC) are working with the community on behalf of the South West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Croydon NHS to provide the local community with education and support in managing three long-term conditions on the increase in Croydon.
These conditions are;
High Blood Pressure
Type 2 Diabetes
Summary of Findings
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) have a higher risk of developing long term conditions such as high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes and at a younger age.
23% of the Croydon Population has two or more long term conditions between 2015 – 2017.
The burden of LTC on patient lives from poor management has led to an increase in the number of strokes, amputations and recurrent emergency admissions for care associated with Cardiovascular disease (CVD) Respiratory and Diabetes Problems.
Community Champion Volunteers – Croydon BME Forum needs you!
Croydon BME Forum are here to support the community with goals to increase the awareness and information provided to harder to reach BME communities through education on risk factors, providing signing posting to health and wellbeing practitioners and professionals to encourage the development of a healthier society and leave a health literacy legacy for future generations.
The project will focus on reaching out to BME communities to;
Identify those already diagnosed with 1 or more long-term conditions, provide support to those diagnosed so they can self-manage their condition(s) with the necessary support from their health practitioners, educate the undiagnosed or unaware demographics on the risk factors of developing these conditions in the near future and managing these risks to reduce the likelihood of the condition occurring, or provide support on diagnosis.
One of our goals is to filter educational information and support through volunteers in the local community so that the support can be localised.
We are looking for Volunteers from community leaders, health advocates and supporters of social prescribing from within the Croydon Community to help share health literacy, coaching and signposting for our residents and provide a local dialogue between our funders and the needs of the community.
Free training and support will be provided to our community champion volunteers as well as reimbursement of the specified expenses incurred.
To find out more about this role please contact Tracy@bmeforum.org
Part of the project will be to invite you to a series of live events where participants can attend to receive free risk factor health checks , meet with health and wellbeing professionals from the Croydon borough and collect information that will empower management of LTC’S and the future likelihood of delivering one of the conditions.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic this project is currently unable to provide onsite events where we can place the healthcare professionals, wellbeing practitioners and the community together. CBME are currently scheduling online zoom talks with representative Doctors from Croydon NHS and healthcare practitioners to provide a dialogue between the community and health service. This has also given a platform to share valuable literacy content and question and answer sessions with LTC patients. We continue to deliver online presentations using zoom. To keep up-to-date with all our LTC events please follow us on Eventbrite at https://croydonbmeevents.eventbrite.co.uk
Past Events/Online zoom meetings.
High Blood Pressure – Dr Sri Akunuri
Myth Busting Diabetes – Dr L Chuah, Modupe Peters, Precious Oladipo, Bob Dear
Strokes – Know Your Risks – Dr K Kee & Dr F Sami