What is Making Every Contact Count?
Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that uses the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations and people have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Public Health England (PHE), NHS England, Health Education England (HEE) and the national MECC advisory group have recently developed a MECC consensus statement and associated resources to support the implementation and delivery of MECC interventions and good practice. MECC enables the opportunistic delivery of consistent and concise healthy lifestyle information and enables individuals to engage in conversations about their health at scale across organisations and populations. Drawing on behaviour change evidence, MECC maximises the opportunity within routine health and care interactions for a brief or very brief discussion on health or wellbeing factors to take place.
Download the MECC Consensus Statement.
The HEE Health & Wellbeing newsletter focused on MECC recently.
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.
What has the network done to support MECC work here in the North West?
We have supported the development and delivery of new resources to support the implementation, quality assurance and evaluation of education and training associated with MECC with representation at the national MECC advisory group.