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Local Exercise Action Pilots

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health where the Local Exercise Action Pilots are to take place; how his Department will measure the effectiveness of the LEAP pilots; and who will be eligible to participate in the LEAP pilots. [130113]

Local Exercise Action Pilots (LEAP) will test out different community approaches to increasing levels of and access to physical activity. They will help to establish the evidence base on what works, and support the delivery of milestones in the national service frameworks and priorities and planning framework. The on-going results will inform and lead action on physical activity across the national health service.The LEAP pilots are based in based in primary care trusts (PCT) at:

  • Durham Dales PCT;
  • Hastings and St. Leonards PCT;
  • Great Yarmouth PCT;
  • North Kirklees PCT;
  • Wandsworth PCT;
  • Dudley Beacon and Castle PCT;
  • Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT;
  • Nottingham City PCT; and
  • West of Cornwall PCT.

Hospital, public health medicine and community health services (HCHS) and general medical practitioners: doctors in training by grade; 1990–2002. England, as at 30 September


All training grades

Of which HCHS training grades






(Hc) Headcount

(Wte) Whole time equivalents

Eligibility to participate in the pilots depends on the specific groups to be targeted by each pilot. All pilot sites are in neighbourhood renewal areas and up to three are also in sport action zones. The pilots focus on high risk and disadvantaged groups.

We will be measuring both the effectiveness of the direct interventions in the pilots and the extent to which the physical activity messages in those pilots that are community wide have impacted at a community level.