Adult and children’s Hospices that are members of Hospice UK can apply to a new grants programme to support people living with progressive lung disease.
The Breathe Easy programme provides grants of up to £40,000 to support projects running over a period of 18 months. The grants will enable hospices to initiate or build on a hospice enabled approach to lung health. The total available funding in this grant round is £500,000 and it is anticipated that between twelve and fifteen grants in this round.
The grants will enable hospices to initiate or build on a hospice enabled approach to lung health. This can be through a number of ways:
- Putting into practice the recommendations or findings from an organisational or local scoping exercise
- Piloting a new project based on a robust needs assessment
- Introduction of an intervention or tool
- Adapting existing activities where, through the investment of additional resources, greater impact can be achieved through adoption of new roles and approaches.
- Responding to national policy or research evidence.
Examples of potential projects could include; the funding of a post, service model, intervention or education programme. To underpin the programme aims, the Foundation are looking to support projects such as:
- Advance Care Planning – documenting a person’s care wishes
- COPD clinics/drop-in sessions – breathlessness management groups
- Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy – to help people live more comfortably and independently
- Counselling and emotional support – for patients and family carers / informal carers
- Specific programmes to increase the evidence of non-pharmacological interventions – training and teaching of healthcare staff to offer these
- Creative use of virtual consultation to support independence in preferred place of care.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on the 1st October 2019.