Training programme

MECC is available on HSeLanD

The Making Every Contact Count Training Programme moved to HSeLanD (https://www.hseland.ie/) in 2022.

If you have any queries about the move to HSeLanD, please email makingevery.contactcount@hse.ie  

Overview

The Making Every Contact Count training programme is available to all healthcare professionals in Ireland. It was developed in consultation with healthcare professionals and patients in order to provide effective tools and knowledge to carry out a brief intervention with patients or service users.

It consists of a 4 hour eLearning training and an optional follow-on 3.5 hour workshop.

The training programme has post-registration Category 1 approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) with Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

eLearning:  4 CEUs

Workshop: 3.5 CEUs

The training programme may also be considered a suitable CPD activity for many health and social care professions registered with CORU as part of their continuing professional development. CPD credits are awarded on the basis that one hour of learning is equal to one CPD point.  Participants now self-appoint their CPD points.

Outline of the eLearning modules

The Making Every Contact Count training modules include:

  • Introduction to behaviour change – providing a foundation in behaviour change theory and techniques including the underlying principles of a patient-centred approach.
  • Six topic modules on smoking, alcohol and drugs, healthy eating, active living, overweight and obesity and mental health and wellbeing.
  • A skills into practice module - demonstrates the skills of how to carry out a brief intervention across a range of topics through a suite of video scenarios using real-life healthcare professionals. If you have not previously completed the MECC eLearning please click here to register for training
  • Users can return to any of the modules in the eLearning training programme to recap on the topics covered. Additional information can be accessed in the Extend My Learning section. This provides an opportunity to complete practical exercises to support the transfer from learning to practice

Register for training

Workshops

Following completion of the MECC eLearning there will be an opportunity to complete an ‘Enhancing your Brief Intervention skills’ workshop.

The training programme has also been approved by some Healthcare Professional bodies for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points.

Upcoming MECC Enhancing Your Skills Workshops 2023

All workshops are delivered face-to-face unless listed as ‘virtual workshop’.

CHO 1 - Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo

There are currently no workshops scheduled.
Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Lynda McGuinness, Senior Health Promotion Officer
Phone:   087 4057829
Email:     Lynda.McGuinness@hse.ie

CHO 2 - Community Healthcare West (Mayo, Galway, Roscommon)

There are currently no workshops scheduled.
Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Lisa Corbett, Senior Community Nutritionist, Health Promotion
Phone:   087 1138148
Email:     Lisa.corbett@hse.ie

CHO 3 - Mid West Community Healthcare (Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary)

There are currently no workshops scheduled.
Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Maureen (Mo) Foley, Senior Health Promotion and Improvement Officer
Phone:   087 6487821
Email:    Mo.Foley@hse.ie

CHO 4 - Cork Kerry Community Healthcare

Contact: Maire O’Leary, Senior Health Promotion Officer
Phone:   087 1234025
Email:    mairemoleary@hse.ie

Cork

Date: Wednesday 25 January 2023
Time: 9am to 12.30pm
Location: MUH Centre of Nursing Education (CNE) Lecture Theatre, Mercy University Hospital, Grenville Place

Date: Wednesday 22 February 2023
Time: 9am to 12.30pm
Location: Meeting Room 1 (first floor), St. Marys Primary Care Centre, Gurranabraher

Date: Monday 27 March 2023
Time: 9am to 12.30pm
Location: MUH Centre of Nursing Education (CNE) Lecture Theatre, Mercy University Hospital, Grenville Place

Date: Wednesday 26 April 2023
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Carrigtwohill Primary Care Centre, Castle Square, Carrigtwohill

Date: Thursday 25 May 2023
Time: 10am to 1.30pm
Location: Mercy Centre, Fair Street, Mallow, Co. Cork P51PF10

Kerry

Date: Wednesday 10 May 2023
Time: 10am to 1.30pm
Location: Glenbeigh Hotel, Glenbeigh

CHO 5 - South East Community Healthcare - Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, South Tipperary

Contact: Tracey Tobin, Senior Health Promotion & Improvement Officer
Phone:   087 9028590
Email:    tracy.tobin@hse.ie

Tipperary

Date: Wednesday 14 December 2022
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Primary Care Centre Conference St Luke's Hospital Clonmel

Wexford

Date: Wednesday 11 January 2023
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Wexford Primary Care Centre, Grogan’s Road

CHO 6 - Community Healthcare East (Dublin South East, Dun Laoghaire, Wicklow)

There are currently no workshops scheduled.
Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Michelle Hardie Murphy, Senior Health Promotion and Improvement Officer
Phone:   087 1232021
Email:    michelle.hardiemurphy@hse.ie

CHO 7 - Community Healthcare Dublin South, Kildare, West Wicklow

There are currently no workshops scheduled.
Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Rose Marie Plant, Senior Health Promotion Officer
Phone:   086 8232977
Email:    rosemarie.plant@hse.ie

CHO 8 - Community Healthcare Midlands Louth Meath (Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth and Meath)

There are currently no workshops scheduled.
Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Duana McArdle, Senior Health Promotion Officer/ Meath Team Lead
Phone:   087 3761552
Email:    duana.mcardle@hse.ie

CHO 9 - Dublin North City and County

Contact: Brid Greenan, Senior Health Promotion and Improvement Officer
Phone:   087 9581102
Email:    brid.greenan@hse.ie

Date: January 2023
Time: TBC
Location: TBC

Date: February 2023
Time: TBC
Location: TBC

Date: March 2023
Time: TBC
Location: TBC

St. Vincent’s University Hospital

Contact: Ailsa Lyons, Head of Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion.
Phone:    01 2213533
Email:    ailsa.lyons@svuh.ie

Date: Monday 3 April 2023
Time: 9.30am to 12pm
Location: Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, ERC, St. Vincent’s Hospital

Date: Tuesday 6th June 2023
Time: 9.30am to 12pm
Location: Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, ERC, St. Vincent’s Hospital

Cork University Maternity Hospital

Contact: Majella Phelan, CMM2 Smoking Cessation
Phone:   087 1514202
Email:    majella.phelan@hse.ie

Date: Monday 16 January 2023
Time: 8am to 12pm

COVID-19 Update

The ‘Enhancing your Brief Intervention Skills’ workshops are available face to face (3.5 hours) and virtually (2.5 hours). For further information please email: makingevery.contactcount@hse.ie

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