This e-Learning for Healthcare course has been designed to explain why it is our responsibility as health professionals to provide brief interventions to identify and influence smoking and alcohol use in hospital patients. 

A tutorial giving facts on alcohol and how it impacts on health.

Hospital settings offer opportunities to “Make Every Contact Count” therefore it is important that staff have the most up-to-date information to be able to discuss with patients the impact lifestyle choices have on their health.

IBA is the delivery of ‘simple brief advice’ which follows identification of how much your patient is drinking and problems they may be experiencing. IBA is usually delivered by non-alcohol specialists and has shown to be effective in helping people to reduce their alcohol health risk.

This module of 4 sessions is aimed at staff working in hospital settings. It will help you undertake screening and then give routine, opportunistic ‘simple brief advice’.

Online training from The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT).

The NCSCT works with and for the field to deliver training and assessment programmes, support services for local and national providers and conducts research into behavioural support for smoking cessation.

Making Every Contact Count is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations and people have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Making Every Contact Count enables the opportunistic delivery of consistent and concise healthy lifestyle information and enables individuals to engage in conversations about their health at scale across organisations and populations. Drawing on behaviour change evidence, the approach maximises the opportunity within routine health and care interactions for a brief or very brief discussion on health and wellbeing factors.

Please direct any questions regarding content to Hilary Naudi (Making Every Contact Count Coordinator) by email at

The purpose of this training is to enable you to better understand how psychological trauma can arise during a stay in intensive care and equip you with sufficient knowledge and understanding to be able to create or contribute confidently to Patient Diaries on your Unit. This will reduce the incidence of psychological trauma and support patients with their recovery following critical illness.

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