Mini-MECC (Making Every Contact Count)

Livewell Southwest Academy
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

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

Who Should Attend (including pre-requisites)

MECC is for everyone (aged 16 or over) – who have contact with the public and who wish 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 1 x 3 hour session, and some simple e-learning modules (of about 90 minutes duration) which are undertaken after the course in your own time.

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