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What is LiveWell dorset?

LiveWell Dorset supports people to lead healthier lifestyles by helping them to be more active, stop smoking, drink less alcohol and maintain a healthy weight.

Funded by Public Health Dorset, LiveWell Dorset is a free service for adults living in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. You can signpost your patients to LiveWell Dorset or you can register them online for support. 

What does LiveWell Dorset do?

LiveWell Dorset uses evidence-based behavioural science (the COM-B model) developed by University College London to support people to sustain changes in their behaviour.

LiveWell Dorset uses evidence-based behavioural science (the COM-B model) developed by University College London to support people to sustain changes in their behaviour.

Most people just need a little bit of help, a brief intervention or a nudge in the right direction. For those that need a little more help, LiveWell Dorset provides personalised, one-to-one coaching.

Coaches work with individuals to truly understand the barriers preventing someone from changing their behaviour. This will include an evidence-based, personalised;

  • behavioural ‘diagnosis’ - identifying the barrier that needs to be worked on.
  • behavioural ‘prescription’ - selecting the support most likely to work for that person.

Does it work?

Yes. The service has been going for almost 3 years and seen over 17,000 people. Most people use the service after a recommendation from their GP. During the last 3 years the service has been successful in supporting sustained behaviour change:

59% Successfully reduced their weight

69% Became more physically active

48% Stopped smoking

75% Reduced their alcohol intake

How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.