The Royal Society for Public Health, in conjunction with NHS England Directorate for Workforce, Training and Education (NHSE WT&E), have launched a call for expressions of interest for phase two of their successful Making Every Contact Count (MECC) for Mental Health. MECC for Mental Health is a training programme designed to upskill staff in primary and community care organisations, including local authorities and voluntary and community sector organisations that partner with the NHS, to be able to have mental health conversations through their day-to-day work.

The areas covered include:

  • Humber and North Yorkshire
  • North East and North Cumbria
  • South Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire

What will the project focus on?

This second phase of this project in the North East will focus on strengthening sustainability through another round of cascade training, central and place-based support, and preparing the quality assurance function to be locally led.  As such, nominated staff members will become Lead Trainers and Trainers to cascade training throughout the organisation they work for, as well as through local networks. The project offer includes:

  • Comprehensive evidence-based Train the Trainer Programme
  • A training grant per Trainer and Lead Trainer
  • Opportunities for peer learning in a network of over 200 MECC for Mental Health Trainers across the North of England
  • Ongoing support and advice from a central team
  • RSPH membership

What will trainers do?

Lead trainers will be recruited to provide the train the trainer sessions to at least one group of prospective trainers. Recruitment will be based on key competencies for the delivery of this training. The training grant is higher for lead trainers as there is a higher level of commitment and more hours required.

Once they have received their training, trainers will be asked to recruit and train a group of approximately 12 end users. This could be colleagues, volunteers or local network contacts that will be able to put the training to use in their work. The trainers can then go on to train as many people as they like using the MECC for Mental Health model.

The call for expressions of interest is now open.


  • 9 June for Lead Trainers
  • 28 July for Trainers

Please note places are offered first come, first served. To discuss how MECC for MH could be a good fit for your organisation, or to apply, please contact Laura Smyth, [email protected].