Making Every Contact Count was established by the HSE in 2016 to support the implementation of Healthy Ireland in our health services and help people to make healthier lifestyle choices.
Through the programme, health professionals will support patients make healthier lifestyle choices.
During routine consultations, health professionals ask patients about lifestyle behaviours related to chronic disease. The goal of these 'contacts' is to address risk factors for chronic disease. Through these contacts, health professionals will help patients achieve positive long-term behaviour change.
The Making Every Contact programme covers the following topic areas:
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol and drug use
- Healthy eating
- Physical activity
- Overweight and Obesity
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
Why we need Making Every Contact Count
Chronic disease treatment puts unsustainable pressure on current health services. Making Every Contact Count aims to relieve that pressure by helping prevent chronic disease and empowering patients to manage their chronic disease.
There are approximately 30 million 'contacts' to the Irish health service every year. 14 million of these are with GP services.
Healthcare professionals are being asked to take the opportunity during their daily contacts with patients and service users to:
- support patients to make lifestyle choices that help prevent chronic diseases
- promote self-management of existing chronic diseases
The Programme team
The Making Every Contact Count Programme is managed by a small core team as part of the Health and Wellbeing, Strategic Planning and Transformation of the HSE, including:
- Sandra Coughlan Head of Training and Programme Design
- Agatha Lawless, Project Manager, Making Every Contact Count Programme
- Donna Doyle, Project Manager, Making Every Contact Count Programme
- Loretta Browne, Staff Officer Making Every Contact Count Programme
- Megan Hennessey, Project Officer, Making Every Contact Count Programme
For further information and queries on the Making Every Contact Count training programme please email: email@example.com
Local MECC Contact Person 2022/2023
Please see list below if you need to contact a local person with queries in relation to MECC.
This includes queries on MECC training and MECC implementation for both CHO staff and hospital staff.
MECC training on HSeLand
If you are having technical problems with the MECC training on HSeLand please contact the support desk
Phone: 01 9638272 - 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday