LiveWell Dorset - Public Health Dorset
Accessing LiveWell Dorset
Supporting people to make changes to their lifestyle, LiveWell Dorset is available to adults aged 18 and over living in Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch 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 who meet a certain criteria. 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 smoking cessation service delivered in pharmacies which offers Nicotine Replacement Therapies 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
Referring patients to LiveWell Dorset
Our challenge is to support individuals to make positive changes to their behaviour and enable them to stay well for longer. Our 2019-20 service plan sets out how we will do this.