Celebrate as One Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership Awards

Tonight (Thursday 19th October 2023), is the night for the Celebrate as One: Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership Awards 2023! We were so pleased to see the submissions for the ‘Research Initiative of the Year’ category and we’re excited to find out who the winners are later today! Read more about the 3 shortlisted projects below.


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ActEarly is a 5-year research project running from 2019 to 2024 that aims to improve child health and reduce inequality. It is a partnership between Bradford and Tower Hamlets funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership.

The aim is to create ‘City Collaboratories’ in areas of high child poverty. These will allow research into early life interventions to prevent poor health. The projects will involve the community and make use of local data.

So far ActEarly has:

  • Secured additional funding to support research infrastructure within the partner councils
  • Produced short films to inform stakeholders and residents about their work (watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztjdW_Zr7H8 / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4Rn8738A8c&t=42s)
  • Provided evidence briefings to help councils make decisions
  • Evaluated interventions and projects related to the aims of the programme
  • Contributed to the wider UK Prevention Research Partnership network

This nomination recognises the development of our Co-production Strategy (https://actearly.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Co-production-Strategy-May-2022-V3.pdf) and it’s wide implementation across the various systems and partners. The ActEarly Co-production Strategy also led to the Co-production and Peer Research (CoPPer) network; more information can be found here: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/documents/creating-energetic-and-sustainable-community-research-partnerships-developing-the-co-production-and-peer-research-copper-network-to-improve-health-and-reduce-inequality/34370

Examples of projects include evaluating healthy learning programmes in schools and providing information on the cost-of-living crisis.

The aim is to co-design and test initiatives with our communities that can improve child health and reduce the unfair differences in health, in Bradford and Tower Hamlets. The results will help inform policy and practice across the UK.

More information about all these can be found on our website Home – Act Early

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The “Act Locally” project aims to tackle issues affecting children in 3 areas of Bradford – Holme Wood, Manningham & Girlington, and Keighley.

It brings together schools, residents, businesses, services, and policymakers to find solutions based on local data and community insights.

Each area has its own “Act Locally” partnership led by schools. They agree on 3 priority issues to focus on.

In Keighley, food insecurity was a top concern based on deprivation data. 8.2% of adults experienced hunger in 2021.

Keighley Schools Together (KST) took the lead, working with Rethink Food to redirect surplus supermarket food to schools. KST ran data workshops in schools to analyse food access. This gave pupils skills and showed local needs.

On 6th October, the Keighley partnership met again with strong evidence. They agreed a statement of intent on tackling food insecurity. Actions include better school and community support for families struggling with food and diet. They also made recommendations for local commissioners to address wider barriers.

The “Act Locally” model brings schools, partners and data together to identify and tackle local children’s issues.

For more information, visit: https://www.bradfordbirthto19.co.uk/educational-strategy/ealc/news/act-locally-keighley-symposium

Culturally Adapted Behaviour Activation Therapy (CABAT) is a project looking at reducing mental health inequalities in communities.

People from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities who have depression or anxiety are not using NHS talking therapies (IAPT services) as much as expected. When they do use IAPT, they are less likely to recover than other ethnic groups. In Bradford, most of the BAME population are from Pakistani Muslim communities.

Research by NHS Bradford City CCG showed a need for flexible mental health services that understand clients’ social, political, cultural, and spiritual backgrounds. This approach is in line with national guidance.

The project aimed to offer culturally adapted therapy for Muslim clients in Bradford. This was based on an existing therapy called Behavioural Activation. It was provided through IAPT services and three Voluntary Sector Organisations.

The aims of the project were to:

  • Increase access to mental health support and improve therapy outcomes for minority ethnic communities in Bradford.
  • Evaluate a culturally adapted therapy in partnership with researchers at the University of Leeds.

The evaluation showed that the adapted therapy significantly improved mental health outcomes and improved engagement with services in both IAPT and voluntary sector settings.

In summary, the project showed that a tailored talking therapy significantly improves mental health access and outcomes for Muslim communities in Bradford.

For more information, visit: https://medicinehealth.leeds.ac.uk/dir-record/research-projects/980/addressing-depression-in-muslim-communities

See the full awards nominations list here: https://bdcpartnership.co.uk/celebrate-as-one-bradford-district-and-craven-health-and-care-partnership-awards-2023-nomination-list/