LiveWell Dorset is a health improvement service that supports adults in Dorset to lead healthier lifestyles. We help people to stop smoking, cut down on alcohol, get more active and achieve a healthy weight. We do this in a few ways:
LiveWell Dorset is run by Public Health Dorset, who work across BCP Council and Dorset Council to improve and protect the health of the whole Dorset population.
We use the COM-B model of behaviour change to provide tailored support that helps our clients find the right ways to overcome their obstacles to healthy change. Our support is delivered both through a telephone service and online via the Habit Hacker, Activity Finder and My LiveWell.
The following short animation is a helpful way to explain the benefits of living well and how LiveWell can help people make a change.
Funded by Public Health Dorset, the service is free at the point of the delivery.
We frequently refer clients to our commissioned services for weight loss. For those who meet the eligibility criteria we can fund a 12-week kick-start programme: this is a one-time offer and clients should consider when joining whether they would want to continue to attend and be willing to self-fund after completing the funded programme.
We also signpost to our commissioned smoking cessation services in the community, which provide a combination of pharmaceutical and behavioural support. Clients using this service will need to pay for their prescriptions unless they are exempt from this.
When appropriate, we signpost clients to a variety of services and activities available in their local area, including gyms and leisure centres. Our Activity Finder lists different groups and activities clients can get involved with, some of which are free and others which are not. We support the client to make an informed action plan that is right for them. All clients are welcome to take up our Wellness Coaching offer, which provides free 1:1 support to help them take steps towards a healthier lifestyle.
The most important thing is to have a good-quality conversation with your patient before signposting them to LiveWell Dorset. Evidence shows that the quality of the brief intervention delivered by clinicians is one of the biggest predictors of successful behaviour change.
Once you have briefly talked with the client about the service, you can either hand them a LiveWell Dorset card or complete the Contact My Patient form. This will generate a text message and/or email inviting them to find out more and register.
LiveWell Dorset offers local healthcare professionals brief training in Healthy Conversations and Motivational Interviewing to support this. See our training page for more information.
When a client registers over the phone or on our website, we complete an initial assessment that evaluates their lifestyle across the four pathways (weight, physical activity, smoking and alcohol). Our Wellness Advisors discuss the results with the client, delivering brief interventions and exploring which of our support offers would be most appropriate to move forward with. This could include a commissioned service, LiveWell Coaching or signposting to services available in the community.
Regardless of which path the client takes, we will contact them again at 3, 6 and 12 months to see how they have been getting on. At each of these times, we complete another lifestyle assessment to see what changes have been made, and offer feedback and further support as relevant.
Even at the end of this 12-month period, our door is always open to provide further support to those who need it. For example, we could offer coaching to a client who is looking for support to maintain the healthy changes they have made through their slimming club kick-start, or a client who has successfully given up smoking may later want to re-engage with the service to address another health behaviour.
This is a 1:1 telephone service aimed at supporting people to make a sustainable lifestyle change. Our Coaches take the time to listen, understand the client and help them to set and achieve a healthy lifestyle goal. There is a focus on overcoming barriers to change, using the COM-B framework to deliver evidence-based strategies. We offer up to 6 20-minute sessions, though often a client will need fewer than this to be set on the road to healthier living.
We are currently exploring the possibilities of delivering coaching digitally.
LiveWell Dorset is a member of the Coaching Association and all coaches are qualified in Motivational Interviewing for health and wellbeing. LiveWell coaches receive extensive bespoke behaviour change training and have various qualifications across our four health pathways; for example, there is a requirement for coaches to be NCSCT-certified stop smoking practitioners.
Our service is delivered via telephone and online communication. We aim to deliver brief support to many, and are therefore unable to offer face-to-face coaching. For patients suffering with long-term conditions, our colleagues at Help and Care may be able to offer face-to-face health coaching to support self-management.
We only provide support to those aged 18+. However, the positive changes clients make as an individual may positively impact their family to live a healthier lifestyle!
LiveWell Dorset does not specifically offer mental health support. However, evidence shows that engagement in healthy lifestyle behaviours positively impacts mental wellbeing. We champion The Five Ways to Wellbeing throughout our service as appropriate.
We take data protection very seriously and do not share any individual-level information without direct consent. However, we can provide you with aggregate data showing your surgery or department’s referral numbers and how well your patients are doing as a whole.
We recognise that there are many people who do not need specialist alcohol services, but who would benefit from reducing their alcohol intake. We are here to support those people to make positive changes and take better control of their health. Individuals are assessed using the AUDIT-C screening tool, and those who need more specialist support for alcohol are directed to the appropriate services. As per the other pathways, individuals are able to benefit from the support of our advisors and coaches to achieve their goal in reducing alcohol intake.
The benefit of sending your patients to LiveWell Dorset for quitting smoking is the additional one-on-one behaviour change support your patient can receive from our coaches, alongside the community-based smoking cessation treatment. We follow-up with clients over a 12-month period, continuing to support them and explore how we can help.
We'll also assess your patient's weight, alcohol consumption and physical activity, offering more holistic healthy lifestyle brief interventions, advice and support.
If you have further questions, don't hesitate to contact us below.