Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Training
A free and rewarding training opportunity
What is MECC?
Everyday in Haringey frontline workers from across the public and voluntary sector have many interactions with local people - MECC training is about learning how to use these engagements to:
- raise the issue of healthy lifestyles
- promote the benefits of healthy living
- signpost to further support
The main topics discussed at MECC training are: alcohol, healthy eating, healthy weight, physical activity, smoking cessation, sexual health and emotional health and wellbeing. These behaviours are most closely linked to the development of long term conditions and/or contribute to the life expectancy gap in the borough. By learning early intervention methods we can help people help Haringey residents, colleagues, friends and family make healthier lifestyle choices and live longer, healthier lives.
There are two MECC training programmes in Haringey, which can be done individually or together.
- The MECC e-learning tool can be accessed at any time on your PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone and completed at your convenience
- MECC face-to-face training is a half-day course available to anyone working in a frontline role in Haringey
- A more advanced Motivational Interviewing course is also available
MECC training learning outcomes
The MECC e-learning tool and face-to-face training have the same learning outcomes:
- Overview and understanding of the definition of MECC
- Awareness of the economic, organisational and personal benefits of MECC
- Understanding of the underpinning principles of MECC and MI (Motivational Interviewing) and its impact in Haringey
- Awareness of the basic health components of MECC, including messages on smoking, healthy eating, physical activity, alcohol consumption and mental health awareness
- Ability to identify points of resident contact - when and where to provide with health information, advice and guidance
- Where to signpost residents to for further support and guidance
MECC e-learning tool
A free MECC e-learning tool is available here:
Anyone can complete the training at anytime.
Face-to-face MECC training
Face-to-face MECC training is open to anyone working in a frontline role in Haringey - not just council staff but also frontline workers across the public and voluntary sector.
More information on face-to-face MECC or MI training sessions, including dates, location and details of how to register can be found on the MECC website (external link).