Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is a behaviour change approach that encourages people to make positive choices through individual, organisational and environmental interactions. Workforce colleagues from NHS, local authorities, voluntary and community sectors give people simple and consistent messages and signpost them to services that can help improve their health and wellbeing.

The Cheshire & Merseyside vision is that all front line staff will have the skills and confidence to have positive conversations about health and wellbeing as everyday practice. This could include behaviour changes such as stopping smoking or increasing physical activity.

The intended goal is to create a focus on prevention and build on the success of existing local work already taking place. Together we can have a big impact on population health and wellbeing and reduce demand on public services. MECC is a key driver for achieving the prevention priorities set out by the Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership. To support organisations to implement and embed MECC, a suite of resources for training, communications and evaluation is available. There is also a Cheshire & Merseyside face to face training programme.

Champs Public Health Collaborative, led by the C&M Directors of Public Health (DsPH), is working with the C&M Health & Care Partnership and other partners to create a new innovative and large scale approach to MECC.

Find out more about Champs Public Health Collaborative here.