Making Every Contact Count Training

If you work in Leeds and have an interest in health and wellbeing, or have a role that includes this, you can look for opportunities to Make Every Contact Count (MECC) with customers, clients/patients and colleagues to maintain or improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing where possible, whatever your role or the purpose of the contact. We will show you how.

So what?

While talk is said to be cheap, healthy conversations really do matter because by any measure poor public health is costing us dearly. With the adoption of healthier lifestyles 1in 4 deaths is avoidable, and the cost of avoidable illness is estimated to be around £60bn.Using MECC skills will save you time and resources, and enable your clients to take control of their own wellbeing.

With the launch of the MECC consensus statement in April 2016, the significance of this agenda in relation to all those who regularly work with patients and members of the community cannot be underestimated. The skills around utilising a MECC approach in our day to day conversations can have a huge impact the health and wellbeing of the people of Leeds. This course is aligned with the Council’s ‘working with’ approach and the NHS 5 Year Forward View.

This half-day course will:

  • Provide you with added skills and confidence to deliver a MECC chat / conversation around a health and wellbeing topic
  • Provide you with practical tools to assist you in having MECC conversations
  • Increase your awareness of the services in Leeds around key health and wellbeing topics

The course is delivered by knowledgeable Public Health specialists.

Please note that there are limited places available and are offered on a first come first serve basis.

For more information or to book a place please email now. For more information on MECC, please continue reading….

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) encourages conversations based on behaviour change methodologies (ranging from brief advice, to more advanced behaviour change techniques), empowering healthier lifestyle choices and exploring the wider social determinants that influence all of our health.

This website provides resources and information to support organisations and individuals implementing MECC using a range of behaviour change methodologies to make their contact count.

The website is aimed at:

  • Everyone who comes into contact with members of the public and has the opportunity to have a conversation to improve health
  • Service providers and organisations who have implemented or are considering implementing MECC

If you are looking for information, advice and tips on giving up smoking, drinking less alcohol or generally improving your personal health, please visit the NHS Choices Website which has a wide range of resources to help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

HEE’s Making Every Contact Count website has been newly updated to provide all those with an interest or role in population health and prevention with a library of national and local resources that can be used to support the development, implementation and evaluation of MECC programmes across local communities.

The resources available include sample frameworks, case studies, signposting to useful e-learning sessions and healthy lifestyle resources, amongst others. You can also find details of the MECC Community of Practice and local and national contacts for this area of work.



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Motivational Interviewing Study Day

This interactive day is suitable for all Healthcare Professionals, from Senior Consultants to Health trainers and community workers. We all went into the health and social care professions to help people; we feel that we can make things ‘right’ for them and we spend much of our time trying to do so.

If you spend your life explaining what your client should, could, must or needs to do then this is the course for you. Motivational interviewing is a style of communication that uses a guiding/reflective style to engage with patients and clients, clarify their strengths and aspirations, and utilise their own motivations for change, and promote independence of decision making.

For more information including dates, times, venues and to book a place, please visit the Primary Care Training Centre website.