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FREE Training: Making Every Contact Count Training Programme

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Making Every Contact Count Training Programme (MECC)

In July 2015 the Lewisham Health and Well Being Board agreed to take a systematic and strategic approach to improving health and wellbeing by embedding Making Every Contact Counts (MECC) across the borough.

Members of the Board, including The Mayor of Lewisham and the Executive Director of Community Services, made a commitment to prioritise the training of frontline staff to deliver brief interventions for key health behaviours including smoking, alcohol, health eating and physical activity in line with NICE guidance.


The MECC approach is simple. It recognises that staff across health, local authority and voluntary sectors, have thousands of contacts every day with individuals and are ideally placed to promote health and healthy lifestyles. Health Education England February 2017

Community Services, Public Health Directorate are pleased to offer free Making Every Contact Count training to key frontline staff.

Key frontline staff includes:

  • Local Authority staff including adult social care, adult learning, community based workers or outreach staff, Primary Care networks including GPs, Pharmacists, Health Care Assistants or Practice Nurses
  • Hospital practitioners such as nurses, doctors or other staff in contact with patients (but not drug/alcohol specialists)
  • Criminal Justice service including Probation, DIP, custody or other workers
  • Community health workers including health visitors, sexual health workers etc.
  • Mental health services including Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) roles
  • Any other front line staff who are not specialists who have the chance to deliver brief interventions


For additional information and/or to arrange a MECC session for your team please contact Lisa Fannon, Public Health Training and Development Manager; lisa.fannon@lewisham.gov.uk

Tel: 0208 314 6664.

Staff will be expected to attend one 2.5 – 3 hour training session which cover Making Every Contact Count awareness, brief intervention skills and will provide workers with all the resources necessary to carry out MECC activity.

There will then be an invitation to a follow-up session for any staff who have attended the training and would like to discuss their experiences or any difficulties they have encountered in using MECC.

Dr Danny Ruta, Director of Public Health, very much hopes you and your staff will be able to take part.


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