LiveWell Dorset is a health improvement service that supports people to make changes to their lifestyle.
This service is for adults aged 18 and over living in Dorset, including Bournemouth and Poole. It is staffed by specially trained wellness advisors and wellness coaches, who provide information, guidance and support in helping your patients to stop smoking, lose weight, move more and drink less.
LiveWell Dorset advisors and coaches work with your patients to understand what level of support they need by looking at their current behaviour and understanding what they might wish to change. They may deliver a brief intervention – providing your patient with information and simple advice, helping them to set some goals and supporting them to monitor and achieve these over the longer-term.
Links with other health improvement services
In addition to offering behaviour change support, LiveWell Dorset supports access to a range of Public Health Dorset commissioned pathways and community activities:
- Weight management – provides access to one fully-funded weight loss programme (Healthy Choices) for people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30+. LiveWell Dorset is the only access point for Healthy Choices. Weight management coaching and ongoing support through brief interventions is available for people not meeting the Healthy Choices criteria, and to supplement Healthy Choices provision.
- Smoking – refers into the SmokeStop service delivered in pharmacies which offer Nicotine Replacement Therapies for smoking cessation, while also providing a range of free additional information, guidance and support
- Physical activity – identifies and signposts individuals to community activities alongside offering behavioural support for people to become more active. If you are worried about a patient’s ability to exercise safely, they should be in a supported environment with a fully trained exercise instructor
- Alcohol – deliver brief interventions to help reduce alcohol consumption levels, and can provide eligible people access to appropriate local services if they have more serious problems with alcohol
You can refer patients by encouraging them to call LiveWell Dorset on 01305 233105. Your practice should have some business cards with the telephone on for you to give your patients. If you don’t, contact LiveWell Dorset for a stock of cards.