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Prevention, Self Care and Promoting Independence

We will reshape our approach to prevention to create an environment where people stay healthy for longer, supports resilient communities, where self-care is the norm, digitally enabled where possible, and staff include prevention in all that they do.

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We are currently working on a coordinated roll out of Making Every Contact Count (MECC) across teams.

What is MECC?

Making every contact count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day to day interactions that organisations and people have with other people to encourage changes in behaviour that have a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and populations

We have 6 Social prescribing pilot sites in Worcestershire in partnership with a range of Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations. In Herefordshire, meetings are taking place to establish pockets of good practice so it can be shared across settings. We will also be providing information on social prescribing to staff,  such as those in Neighbourhood teams.

What is social prescribing?

Social prescribing is defined as “a means of enabling primary care services to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of local, non-clinical services, often provided by the voluntary and community sector

We will be reviewing the use of social media and technology to support prevention and self-care. In addition to this, 14,000 people in Worcestershire have been supported to get online access and we have a wide network of digital champion volunteers. Progress is being made in Herefordshire to ensure people can use the internet to support health and wellbeing.

We are currently mapping the future model of lifestyle change services in Worcestershire. In Herefordshire we are reviewing ways to improve the uptake of the programme and how to reach the seldom heard.  

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