London Borough of Ealing

RSPH has accredited the London Borough of Ealing's Making Every Contact Count (MECC) training programme

Training Programme Details

The aim of this training programme is to provide those working locally with the public with the latest evidence-based information on what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and to equip them with the skills and confidence to signpost others to sources of health information and wellbeing services. 

The training supports Ealing’s Health and Wellbeing strategy to increase the use of the MECC approach to improve the health of their residents. Their aim is that residents should be physically and mentally healthy, active and independent.

Behaviours included in the programme include stopping smoking, improving diet, increasing physical activity, reducing alcohol consumption and improving mental wellbeing.

The half day training programme includes information and statistics on preventable ill-health, the latest public health guidance, behaviour change theories, the barriers to making healthy lifestyle choices, how to take the opportunity to have a brief healthy lifestyle conversation with others and signposting options to healthy lifestyle services.

The course is highly participative and trainees learn from each other as they practice the course concepts. 

Many

long term illnesses

are linked to lifestyle behaviours which can be modified

The MECC approach

is used by organisations across the UK to positively influence people’s health

The MECC approach

supports people

to take ownership of their own health

How and why RSPH accredited the training programme

RSPH’s detailed review confirmed that Ealing’s MECC programme follows national guidelines and provides those working with the public with the skills and confidence to have a brief conversation about healthy lifestyle behaviours and signpost to local and national services.

In particular the programme uses memorable trainee exercises which clarify the course concepts and give an insight into how the MECC principles can be implemented and barriers tackled.