MECC Resources

There is a whole raft of resources available to Make Every Contact Count, please find below the MECC Community of Improvement's pick of some of the key ones available.

Population Wellbeing Portal

The Portal offers free access to education, training and professional development resources, to help deliver improvements in public health and prevention.  Providing a central location for numerous e-learning resources, reading material, guidance, toolkits and videos, factsheets and many more resources relating to population health.

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PHE - Menu of preventative interventions

Public Health England (PHE) has worked with partners to identify preventative actions that can improve people’s health, support quality improvement and potentially save the NHS and the wider system money. This menu details interventions that are estimated to give a return on investment (ROI) and can demonstrate cost-savings to the health and care system over a 5 year period.

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Health Education England - Making Every Contact Count Website

This website has been updated to support the development, evaluation and implementation of MECC programmes in local communities by providing a library of national and local resources.

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Everyday Interactions: measuring the public health impact of healthcare professionals

Everyday Interactions focuses on the public health impact of four of the key healthcare professions within the wider workforce: nurses and midwives, dentists, allied health professionals and pharmacists (although it is hoped that it will have wider appeal) and aims to support these healthcare professionals as they record and measure their public health impact.

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Health Matters resource

This professional resource makes the case for why NHS providers should implement the preventing ill health by risky behaviours – alcohol and tobacco CQUIN:

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How NICE resources can support local priorities

This resource pulls together everything from NICE (guidelines, quality standards and tools and resources to support implementation)

Web: https://stpsupport.nice.org.uk/mecc/index.html

Health Literacy Toolkit

Public Health England, NHS England and Community Health and Learning Foundation, we have invested in an innovative project to develop, test and implement a range of strategic and practical interventions towards improving health literacy.

A Health Literacy toolkit was developed as part of this project. It contains a suite of resources that will be helpful in raising awareness of health literacy and upskilling the health, care and wider public health workforce.

MECC Tutor-led Training and Blended Learning

Training on MECC usually involves a package of blended learning that includes underpinning knowledge via e-learning and tutor-led led learning for the skills based motivational behaviour change conversations. 

MECC e-learning

E-learning for Health have two different MECC e-learning courses (One developed by Wessex, Thames Valley and KSS and another developed by West Midlands) these are available on their e-learning platform.  If you work in the NHS, Social Care or a Local Authority you should be able to register for a for a free account.  If you don't work within these organisations you can still play the courses but it will not be tracked by the Learning Management System.

Social Marketing Campaigns & Apps

PHE Campaign Resource Centre

You can sign up to the PHE Resource Centre where you can see all of PHE’s campaigns, including campaign resources which you can download or order free of charge.

PHE One You - Social Marketing Programme

Launched in March 2016, ‘One You’ encourages adults to take part in an online health quiz, called ‘How Are You?’, which helps them reassess their lifestyle choices. After completing the quiz, individuals can receive email reminders and resources to motivate them to make changes to lead a healthier lifestyle. ‘One You’ has its own website with a range of resources and free apps. In the first year of its launch, there were 1.34 million completions of the quiz. Promotional materials can be downloaded and ordered for free from the PHE resource hub.

Under the banner of ‘One You’, PHE has launched several campaigns covering different lifestyle choices and changes that can be made:

Drink free days – PHE in association with Drinkaware, launched this campaign in September 2018 to help people, particularly 45-64 year olds, cut down on the amount of alcohol they are regularly drinking and to highlight that having more drink free days can reduce risks of serious conditions like CVD and improve their health.

Active 10 – Initially launched in March 2017 and re-launched in June 2018, this PHE campaign aims to combat physical inactivity and lower the risks of serious illnesses such as heart disease, by encouraging adults to incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives, by going for a brisk ten-minute walk (or more) each day.

400-600-600 – Adults are consuming on average an extra 200-300 calories per day. This ‘calorie creep’ contributes to two thirds of adults being overweight or obese, which can in turn lead to serious CVD conditions. This PHE campaign was launched in March 2018, to help adults manage the ‘calorie creep’ by providing simple tips to help them make healthier choices whilst on the go. The aim is around 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner, plus a couple of healthier snacks and drinks in-between.

Stoptober – Originally launched in October 2012, this PHE 28-day stop smoking challenge, encourages and supports smokers across England towards quitting for good. There are lots of ways to quit and Stoptober can help people choose what works for them and provides free support along the way.

Heart Age Test – This tool is a collaboration between NHS, PHE, the British Heart Foundation and UCL. It was relaunched in September 2018 and is an ‘always-on’ campaign. This simple online test helps individuals compare their heart age to their real age and explains the importance of knowing their blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. The test can still be completed if these numbers are not known. As part of the results, it also provides individuals with advice on how to lower their heart age and reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke.