Asset-based community development respiratory clinics — call for EOIs, seed-funding available

The Health Foundation recently sponsored a project to develop a new model of Respiratory community clinic that uses asset-based community development approaches to improve wellbeing and reduce the anxiety and social isolation experienced by many individuals with severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

COPD is a major health problem in the UK and causes 1 in 20 deaths. It is the second most common cause of NHS emergency admission.

Asset-based community development approaches are thought to be useful in aiding self-management of the condition and in developing coping strategies and mutual support networks.

The Health Foundation now wishes to support and seed-fund six additional sites for such clinics in the East and West Midlands to spread and further evaluate the model. Seed-funding of up to £25,000 per site is available. The inclusion of third sector providers is a key criteria for application.

To find out more about submitting an Expression of Interest download the EOI.

Sites will utilise the principles of the existing RIPPLE model — download the explanatory document.

The closing date for EOIs is 12.00 on the 26TH February 2016.

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