Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

‘Making Every Contact Count’ or MECC, is a national initiative that aims to improve the health of the people around us. The MECC process encourages us all to have brief conversations about health issues as part of the everyday contact that we have with other people and if appropriate, let them know where they can get further information or support.

In order to 'Make Every Contact Count', we need to:

  • Be informed of the facts about a range of health issues
  • Take opportunities to have brief, sensitive conversations when anyone with whom we have contact raises a health issue
  • Encourage those with whom we talk, to get further information and support from specialist services
  • Be confident in the small but significant role we can all play in improving the health of people in Brent

To assist you to Make Every Contact Count, we are offering a range of 45 to 60 minute briefings on various health topics. These are free for any organisation that supports people who live, work or study in the London Borough of Brent.

Each briefing focuses on prevention and early intervention, builds on the knowledge that participants already have of the topic and provides information about both local and national specialist support services.

The topics on which we are currently offering briefings (and in some cases longer training sessions) are:

  • An introduction to ‘Making Every Contact Count’ (MECC)
  • Oral health
  • Tobacco (including shisha, paan and vaping)
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Obesity and physical activity (including body image)
  • Sugar awareness
  • Substance misuse (including alcohol and medicines)
  • Domestic abuse
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Forced marriage
  • Dishonour abuse

It is expected that the following topics will also be available from early 2018:

  • Personal safety and care
  • Immunisations and vaccinations
  • Sexual exploitation and consent
  • Safeguarding – children and vulnerable adults

For further details about the aim and learning objectives for each briefing, or to enquire about the possibility of a MECC session being delivered in your team or group meeting, please contact, Sandy Youngson via PublicHealthEvents@brent.gov.uk