Motivational Approaches Training for Health Directorate

A team from the Centre for Health and Behaviour at the University of Stirling in Scotland is currently on-Island delivering a Motivation, Action, Prompt Health professional training programme to staff within the Health Directorate.

The aim of the training is to upscale the Health Directorate’s local capacities in providing preventive care to reduce the chronic disease risk factors on the Island.

Delivered by Dr Wendy Maltinsky and Dr Vivien Swanson, the cross-Directorate initiative involves various acute and primary Health Service delivery staff assisting them in engaging with patients to motivate and support individual behaviour change. This builds on the initial brief interventions training some staff have had previously.

Acting Director of Health, Dr Kamar Tanyan, commented:

“This motivational training is a step forward in our approach to tackle the burden of chronic diseases on St Helena. It has been designed remotely by Dr Maltinsky and Dr Swanson, in active collaboration and with input from our healthcare professionals across the Directorate. The training is being very well received by all and will make a difference in our daily practice.”

The training is being delivered through interactive and practical sessions.

Notes to Editors:

St Helena residents face several challenges to health and well-being. The University of Stirling Escalator Fund and the Burdett Trust fund are supporting co-development, delivery, and evaluation of a health behaviour change training and mentoring support programme to support St Helena health and social care practitioners in their efforts to address these challenges.

The training is a partnership project between the University of Stirling and the St Helena Health Directorate.

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5 November 2019

St Helena Government Communications Hub

Telephone: 22470