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Making Every Contact Count (formerly Brief Advice for Healthier Lifestyles)

Course Date: 7 December 2018, 09:30 - 14 December 2018, 12:30

Course Leader: Dan Lashbrook and Alison Crane

Duration of Course: 2 x 3 hour sessions

Location: Livewell Southwest Academy, Beauchamp Centre, Mount Gould Hospital

Price: £0.00 per delegate

This accredited training develops your skills and confidence in supporting people to improve their own health and wellbeing. 

Objectives/Aims of Course

The session will equip participants with a range of specific MECC skills that will enable them to deliver MECC confidently and consistently well. At the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices and their role in health improvement;
  • Identify key messages (on smoking, healthy eating/healthy weight, responsible drinking, physical activity, and mental health and emotional wellbeing);
  • Use communication skills that will enable them to raise an issue, open up a conversation and assess a person's readiness to change the health-related behaviour;
  • Use a range of health behaviour change techniques (including basic motivational interviewing techniques);
  • Deliver brief advice and brief interventions;
  • Signpost clients to local healthy lifestyle services & support; and
  • Feel confident that they can apply the training in practice.

Course Programme

All courses are held at Livewell SW Academy, Mount Gould Hospital except for September 11th & 18th, this course will be held at Improving Lives Plymouth, Ernest English House.

Who Should Attend (including pre-requisites)

MECC is for everyone (aged 16 or over) who has contact with the public and wishes to develop and practice their skills in this important area. Individuals, carers, veterans & serving personnel, community groups, teams or organisations, including those working or caring in community, voluntary, health & social care services & education, who are living or working in or around the Plymouth area.

The training consists of 2 x 3 hour sessions and some simple e-learning modules (of about 90 minutes duration) which are undertaken in your own time after the first session of the course. The 2 sessions are on consecutive weeks and you must attend both weeks to complete the training and gain the accreditation.

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