Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

Supporting members of staff at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

MECC is about helping to enable change, both within organisations and with individuals, by reaching as many people as possible with key health messages and to guide to support and help.

The purpose of such an approach is to create a healthier population; reduce NHS and social care costs; improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities.

This is about starting healthy conversation either as brief advice or as a slightly more developed brief intervention and signpost. MECC is appropriate across the lifespan and involves:

  • Stopping smoking – in all age groups, including pregnant women.
  • Fuel, Poverty and Health awareness.
  • Physical activity – Healthy Weight
  • Alcohol awareness – Sensible drinking

When you are trained in MECC, you will develop the skills and confidence to have positive conversations with patients about their wider health and lifestyle. You will then able to provide simple advice and signposting to appropriate services for support. The Trust has become one of the first healthcare providers in Kent, Surrey and Sussex to introduce Making Every Contact Count (MECC).

We have training sessions available regularly, cross-site. Training is mandatory for all clinical staff and recommended for non-clinical too. These sessions only last three hours, to fit in around ward and clinic work. If you have already had your MECC training, we also now offer Advanced MECC training. This is a two-day course,  that develops your skills further.

Local Health Services


To find a range of services available in East Sussex, please look at the East Sussex Community Information Service (ESCIS) here.