Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is about helping people to improve their health and wellbeing by giving them the tools to make healthy lifestyle choices like giving up smoking, eating more healthily and doing more exercise.
The principle of MECC is simple. It’s not about adding to your workload. Rather, it recognises the fact that staff in the health, public and voluntary sectors have hundreds of contacts with the public every day and we have the ability to use those contacts to help change people’s behaviours for the better.
Cardiff and Vale UHB staff are in an ideal position to promote health.
We are working together with partner organisations to help staff to recognise their vital role in health improvement and health protection.
MECC is not about becoming a specialist in lifestyle choices, nagging or telling people what to do, or providing ongoing support. Instead, the key is to use opportunities that arise in your conversations with service users to motivate them to make a change and then provide them with information about how to go about it.
The simple 3 As approach can be used undertaking a brief health chat:
We realise that it is not easy for everyone to raise questions about lifestyle behaviours which can have an impact on a person's wellbeing. However, we also know that the majority of patients don’t mind being asked about their lifestyle and many actually expect healthcare professionals to ask these types of questions.
Cardiff and Vale UHB provides training in MECC, which offers practical advice on how to be opportunistic in a conversation, and how and where to signpost people to help them make positive behaviour changes.
We know that the majority of staff already have these types of conversations on a regular basis. However, MECC training will ensure that there is a consistent approach across the UHB and partner organisations.
For more information and dates for the next training sessions, please contact Elin.firstname.lastname@example.org