LiveWell Dorset

LiveWell Dorset

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Accessing LiveWell Dorset

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Supporting people to make changes to their lifestyle, LiveWell Dorset is available to adults aged 18 and over living in Dorset, 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 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:

You can refer patients by encouraging them to call LiveWell Dorset on 01305 233105.

LiveWell Dorset business cards to provide to your patients can be ordered by contacting LiveWell Dorset directly.

Service plan:

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.

Physical activity

To stay healthy, people aged 19-64 should try to be active daily, doing at least 2 and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. This could include, cycling or brisk walking. Muscle-strengthening activities are also recommended on two or more days a week; these should work all the major muscle groups: legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms. The most important thing is to have fun, do the things you enjoy and keep on doing them.

Wanting to get more active? Chat to an advisor at LiveWell Dorset by calling 0800 8401628 or visiting LiveWell Dorset to find out about local opportunities which meet your needs.

To see whether you and your family are meeting the recommended levels, try taking the fitness self-assessment.

For guidance on physical activity for all ages visit NHS Choices and the latest guidance (August 2017) from the Department of Health: Physical activity – applying All Our Health.


Across many communities smoking is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Thousands of people have successfully given up smoking, and moved on to a healthier future. The younger you quit, the greater the benefit, but stopping smoking is beneficial at any age.

To get free help to quit smoking, contact LiveWell Dorset on 0800 8401628 or visit LiveWell Dorset.

Or, for more information on smoking and quitting, visit NHS Choices and NHS Smoke Free.  For the latest guidance from the Department of Health (August 2017) visit Smoking and tobacco: applying All Our Health.

If you are pregnant, speak to your midwife about wanting to quit, as they will be able to give you immediate support. Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do to improve your baby’s health, growth and development.