Public Health England (PHE) and Health Education England (HEE) are working together with sector leads to support development of the Making Every Contact Count (MECC) agenda.
MECC already has support and commitment from health and care providers; however there has been a lack of clarity to date, on what is meant by MECC and in the coordination of efforts and resources.
The core definition of MECC that we are working with is primarily focused on people working in the public sector and voluntary sector that are trained to:
- Deliver ‘very brief’ or ‘brief’ evidence based advice interventions for lifestyle behavioural change; the core elements of which are stopping smoking, increasing physical activity, reducing alcohol consumption maintaining a healthy weight & diet and promoting mental health and wellbeing.
- Be competent and confident to deliver this intervention; and
- Be knowledgeable about local services and how to signpost people to enable them to access them.
An advisory group drawn from local authority, NHS England, voluntary sector and academia has been established to support efforts for the development of a workforce confident and competent to deliver MECC. The advisory group will review existing training materials, and establish a set of robust quality criteria for MECC training, to enable providers who are commissioning or developing training, to self-evaluate their courses against these quality criteria. A compendium of robust existing MECC training materials will also be created.
A second advisory group has been established to review the MECC evidence base and good practice examples. The group will be collating case studies and evaluations of MECC programmes from across health, local authorities and the voluntary sectors.