MECC Train the Trainer

Posted by Shaleen Meelu on Thursday, 28 March 2013 in General

Training the Trainer to Make Every Contact Count

The NHS Ambition Making Every Contact Count requires the systematic delivery of health improvement through staff, using consistent and simple healthy lifestyle advice combined with appropriate signposting to lifestyle information and services. The MECC Train the Trainer programme was developed by NHS Midlands and East to support staff within the NHS and partner organisations to implement the MECC strategy.

Training aims to equip key staff with the skills to offer opportunistic brief advice to clients and patients and train them to deliver MECC training to their colleagues. Lifestyle topics include alcohol, smoking, obesity, healthy eating, mental health, sexual health and physical activity. So far we have delivered training to 15 organisations including Luton and Befordshire NHS, Birmingham and Solihul Mental Health Trust, Princess Alexander Trust Hospital, NHS Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust, Warwickshire and Coventry NHS, Herefordshire NHS, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham Public Health and partners, Milton Keynes PCT and Walsall Public Health and partners. We are currently developing the training material for the Prince's Trust 'Get into Health' programme and adapting the training for the Ambulance Trusts.

If you would to book training or need support implementing your MECC strategy, please contact Shaleen Meelu on 07990660055 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See below for feedback from NHS Midlands and East 

I have worked with Shaleen since April 2010 and know her to be efficient, reliable and extremely knowledgeable. Shaleen has led a number of training projects as part of the QUIT chat initiatve and then the SHA MECC ambition that superceded it. These training projects have included work with private, public and voluntary sector organisations. I have exceptional feedback from leads within these organisations on Shaleen's delivery technique, ability to answer questions as well as her approachability. I have no problem in highlgy recommending Shaleen and am happy to be contated to discuss in more detail. Liz Micintyre, MECC Strategic Support

Staffordshire NHS The training was thought provoking and enjoyable. It was very relevant and had no tone of 'teaching a grandma to suck eggs'. Shaleen's approach made the topic very discursive and not 'preaching' about healthy lifestyle. Shaleen has made a significant effort to tailor the training and approach to us as a mental health trust and in relation to our local implementation plans/existing staff wellbeing framework, and encouraged participants to further tailor the pack for specific serice areas when they deliver/support with roll-out training. Lesley Faux North, OD and Innovation FAcilitator

NHS Herefordshire Shaleen was great to work with in organising delivery of 3 MECC train the trainer sessions for NHS staff. Her wealth of experience in health improvement meant that she was able to enhance the presentation with practical, relevant examples and facts which really helped to bring the content to life for participants. She is also adept at facilitating groups sessions and was able to skillfully manage both positive and negative comments from pariticipants with regards to MECC. Shaleen's passion for health promotion comes through in her presentation and participants described her as an 'enthusiastic trainer' Leah Kitteridge, Health Improvement Practitioner





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Hi, my name is Shaleen Meelu and I am the founder of Healthy Futures. I’m also a registered nutritionist and I have helped over 3,000 people embark upon healthy living programmes.


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