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Deadline extended on Leicester lung disease project

People in Leicester have an extra seven days to send in their ideas for new ways to prevent and manage lung disease in the city after Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group extended the application deadline for its innovative Health in your hands initiative.

The CCG is now asking people to send in their bids and ideas by the new date of Monday February 11, 2013.

The Health in your hands project was launched early January and asks local community groups to bid for pots of money between £500 and £5,000 to tackle a debilitating lung condition, known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Professor Azhar Farooqi, GP and chair of Leicester City CCG, said: “We have had a high volume of requests for bidding application packs at the last minute and we want to ensure that the application process is fair for everyone and each group has enough time to send us their ideas. The original application deadline was Monday February 4, which is only a matter of days away.

“The project is the first of its kind to be run by a CCG in the East Midlands, and possibly even across the country and we want to make sure we get the process right for our patients, and if successful roll out the project in 2013/14 to tackle other long term health conditions including heart disease and diabetes.

“We want as many groups as possible to come forward and submit their ideas, bid for pots of money and manage the project themselves so they really see the benefit of what they are doing.

“Thank you if you have already sent us in a completed application form. The extension will not have any effect on the rest of the process and will mean we hopefully get to see some really thorough and exciting projects start up in our city.”

Once the bidding extension closes, all applications will go through a panel process to assess viable bids and successful bidders will be asked to present at the voting event on Saturday March 2, 2013 at the Peepul Centre, Orchardson Avenue, Leicester LE4 6DP and successful bidders will be announced on the day.

For more information or if you require an application form please go online at www.health-in-your-hands.co.uk or call a member of the communications and engagement team on 0116 295 1123 or 0116 295 4159. You can find more information on lung disease at www.blf.org.uk.

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