Making Every Contact Count 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.

MECC Resources

The Making Every Contact Count (MECC) website is currently under reconstruction. You can access MECC Health Promotion resources/documents in the HseLand Discovery Zone.

  • Follow link hseland.ie
  • Log into your HseLand Account
  • Scroll down to ‘Explore Quicklinks’
  • Click on the ‘Discovery Zone’
  • In ‘Search Resources’, type in ‘MECC’ and select ‘Making Every Contact Count Programme’
  • You will find list of MECC Resources including Infographics, Related Resources, Link to MECC Podcast, MECC Directories of Service

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

MECC Enhancing Your Skills Workshop: 3 CEUs

MECC Enhancing Your Skills Virtual Workshop: 2 CEUs

MECC Enhancing Your Skills Maternity Workshop: 4 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 tobacco, alcohol and drugs, healthy eating, physical activity, 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
  •  If you have not previously completed the MECC eLearning, you can register for training

Register for training

Workshops

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

MECC workshops are provided regularly throughout the year in all areas.

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

Check HSeLanD for the most up-to-date information as new workshop dates can be added or workshop dates can change 

Please update your learner profile on HSeLanD if it has changed since you registered. 

Upcoming MECC Enhancing Your Skills Workshops 2024

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

Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Lynda McGuinness, Senior Health Promotion Officer
Phone: 087 405 7829
Email: lynda.mcguinness@hse.ie

Cavan

Date: Thursday 26 September 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: The Conaty Centre, Cullies, Cavan, H12 E5C7

Date: Wednesday 23 October 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: The Conaty Centre, Cullies, Cavan, H12 E5C7

Donegal

Date: Tuesday 11 June 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Donegal Primary Care Centre, Drumlonagher, Donegal Town, F94 PD8W

Date: Thursday 10 October 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: The Vestry, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal F92 TD92

Date: Wednesday 6 November 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Ionad Naomh Pádraig Dobhar, An Bun Beag, Contae Dhún na nGall. F92 EH6N

Date: Thursday 28 November 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: The Vestry, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal F92 TD92

Leitrim

Date: Tuesday 18 June 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre, Marymount, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim N41 Y172

Date: Thursday 3 October 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre, Marymount, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim N41 Y172

Date: Thursday 28 November 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre, Marymount, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim N41 Y172

Sligo

Date: Tuesday 12 September 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Conference Room, Northside Community Centre, Forthill, Sligo, F91N778

Date: Thursday 7 November 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Conference Room, Northside Community Centre, Forthill, Sligo, F91N778

CHO 2 - Community Healthcare West: Mayo, Galway and Roscommon

Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Pat Conway, Health Promotion & Improvement Officer
Phone: 087 444 5887
Email: Patrick.Conway5@hse.ie

Galway

Date: Tuesday 11 June 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Room 1, Education Centre, Merlin Park, Co. Galway

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

Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Rachel Mescall, Senior Health Promotion and Improvement Officer
Phone: 087 109 8717
Email: Rachel.Mescall@hse.ie

CHO 4 - Community Healthcare South-West: Kerry, North Cork, North Lee, South Lee, West Cork

Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Maire O’Leary, Senior Health Promotion Officer
Phone: 087 123 4025
Email: mairem.oleary@hse.ie

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

Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Aileen Scott, Senior Health Promotion Officer
Phone: 087 955 5026
Email: aileen.scott@hse.ie

Wexford

Date: Tuesday 11 June 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Wexford PCC Grogans Road, Wexford Primary Care Centre, Grogan’s Road, Townparks, Co. Wexford, Y35 DA39

CHO 6 - Community Healthcare East: Dublin South East, Dublin South and Wicklow

Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Michelle Hardie Murphy, Senior Health Promotion and Improvement Officer
Phone: 087 123 2021
Email: michelle.hardiemurphy@hse.ie

Dublin

Date: Tuesday, 27 August 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Meeting Room 1, Russell Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Date: Wednesday 11 September 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Conference Room, Clonskeagh Hospital, Clonskeagh Road, Dublin 6, D06 V406

Wicklow

Date: Thursday 28 November
Time: 1.30pm to 5pm
Location: Wicklow Primary Care Centre, Knockrobin, Wicklow

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

Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Rose-Marie Plant, Senior Health Promotion & Improvement Officer, Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Lead/ Mobiliser (CHO7)
Phone: 086 823 2977
Email: rosemarie.plant@hse.ie

Dublin

Date: Tuesday 27 August 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Meeting Room 1, Russell Centre, Cookstown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24, D24 DH74

Kildare

Date: Tuesday 11 June 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location:Newbridge Primary Care Centre, Station Road, Piercetown, Co. Kildare

Date: Tuesday 17 June 2024
Time: 9am to 12.30pm
Location:Athy Primary Care Centre, Dublin Road, Athy, Kildare, R14 DX94

CHO 8 - Community Healthcare Midlands/North-East: Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth and Meath

Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Duana McArdle, Senior Health Promotion Officer/ Meath Team Lead
Phone: 087 376 1552
Email: duana.mcardle@hse.ie

Longford

Date: Tuesday 17 September 2024
Time: 9.15am to 2pm
Location: Edi Centre, Athlone Road, Co. Longford, N39 Y0F4

CHO 9 – Community Healthcare - East: Dublin North, Dublin North City and Dublin North County

Contact: Brid Greenan, Senior Health Promotion and Improvement Officer
Phone: 087 958 1102
Email: brid.greenan@hse.ie

Dublin North-West

Date: Thursday 20 June 2024
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Location: HSE, St Clare’s Nursing Home, 502 Griffith Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, D11 AT81

St. Vincent’s University Hospital

Contact: Ailsa Lyons, Head of Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion.
Phone: 01 221 3533
Email: ailsa.lyons@svuh.ie

Cork University Maternity Hospital

Contact: Majella Phelan, CMM2 Smoking Cessation
Phone: 087 151 4202
Email: majella.phelan@hse.ie

Letterkenny Hospital

Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Paul Friel, Senior Health Promotion Officer
Phone: 087 119 8766
Email: paul.friel@hse.ie

Louth Hospitals

Please contact the person below for up-to-date information.

Contact: Andy Cooney, Health Promotion Officer
Phone: 086 008 2092
Email: andy.cooney@hse.ie

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