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May 10th, 2023

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OHID London and ADPH London are pleased to announce that tomorrow is the relaunch day for the online resource, MECC Link London

This relaunch is the final stage of a 6-month refresh project. The project objective is to ensure that MECC Link London is seen as a valuable resource for implementing the Make Every Contact Count (MECC) model in London.  MECC is an effective and evidence-based approach to improving people’s health and wellbeing by helping them change their behaviour. MECC encourages public-facing professionals to use opportunities arising during their routine interactions with members of the public, to engage in conversations about improving their health.  

What is MECC Link London?

MECC Link London is an online resource providing a directory of health and wellbeing services localised to all 33 London boroughs, as well as information on key healthy lifestyle topics and a wide range of primary self-care tools and resources. The platform is intended for use by health and social care professionals, GPs, nurses, police, fire fighters, ambulance crew, social prescribers, or anyone offering frontline help and support in communities across London. The contents have been refreshed following extensive engagement with a wide range of stakeholders.

The resource content aims to facilitate conversations with members of the public about improving their health, and features the following:

  • Easily accessible information on key healthy lifestyle topics 

  • Suggested open questions using the Ask, Assist, Act model 

  • Information on a range of primary self-care tools and resources 

  • Signposting to recommended national and local support services, all in one place

What changes have been made?

The refresh project has involved consolidating and refreshing existing content, as well as adding four new topic areas:

  1. Homelessness

  1. Housing (Damp and Mould advice)

  2. Sexual Health

  3. Vaccinations

A new ‘MECC Training’ tab has also been added to enable boroughs across London to advertise their upcoming MECC training and e-learning opportunities.

Legal Advice Centre Portal

This service provides access to free legal advice remotely and second tier support to organisations. See the flyer below for more information on the amazing free service.

Call for Participants for Cervical Screening Research

Black, African, Caribbean and Black British women have been found to have the highest rate of cervical cancer in the UK, despite preventive efforts such as cervical screening (smear test) and HPV vaccination being free and available to all women and girls in the UK.

Pearl Lamptey, a PhD student from the University of Huddersfield wants to find out why . . . and she needs your help!

Please see the flyer below and complete the survey.

Cervical cancer is preventable, please join us in the fight to eradicate it completely!

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