Helping health and social care practitioners build brief interventions into their everyday day.
'Most individuals engage in multiple unhealthy lifestyle behaviours with the potential for negative health consequences. Yet most health promotion research has addressed risk factors as categorically separate entities,' Prochaska J & Prochaska J, 2011
Small steps, BIG CHANGES is a behaviour change programme that helps people rethink and change their lifestyle behaviours. With a focus on alcohol, smoking, activity and eating, our training and supporting resources equips staff with the knowledge and skills to deliver a three-minute brief intervention to patients and service-users.
Smoking, what you eat, whether you take regular exercise and how much you drink affects your risk of developing serious health problems. Small steps, BIG CHANGES is a behaviour change programme that aims to help people rethink and change their lifestyle behaviours.
The project involves providing staff with the knowledge, skills, and resources to deliver a three-minute brief intervention to patients and service-users. The intervention emphasises the importance of talking about change rather than the risks and harms of lifestyle behaviours.
Current policy guidance identifies a key role for frontline staff, through everyday contact with service users, in helping people to adopt and sustain healthier lifestyles through the use of behaviour change interventions. Building capacity and capability amongst the wider workforce to deliver behaviour change interventions has been identified as key to achieving government health targets, particularly in relation to tackling health inequalities.
Staff knowledge and skills are improved by a two-hour training course and a Practitioner's Guide. Accompanying resources include promotional pop-up banners, posters, staff prompt cards and public-facing pledge cards and booklet.