Motivating Change

Do less and be more effective talking with your patients about lifestyle change 

For healthcare professionals who want to get better at talking to patients about lifestyle changes e.g.  GPs, HCAs, nurses, pharmacists and family coaches.

  • Learn to let go: Be more effective by doing less
  • No long processes you don’t have time for – short phrases and micro interventions you can use when you think best
  • Natural language – no contrived “clunky” phrases
  • Spot and use different leverage points to help a patient succeed in their lifestyle change

“I owe a degree of happiness in my job as a doctor to Andy’s talks on behaviour change. Hearing Andy speak for the second time three years later made me realise what a fundamental influence his techniques have had on my consultation style.”

Johann McGavin, GP Brighton


Untangling “The National Nagging Service”

Modern medicine has become a victim of its own success. It has become so good at fixing problems that it has accidentally created

  • patients who expect doctors to fix everything
  • doctors and others trying too hard, also feeling as if they have to fix everything

It’s a lose-lose situation.  Healthcare professionals feel frustrated.  Patients complain about “The Nanny State” or “National Nagging Service.”

This workshop is to help you feel better and be more effective when taking about lifestyle change such as smoking, drinking, losing weight, doing exercise, eating less sugar and sticking to treatment plans.

“Really useful for engaging clients in positive behaviour change. Andy packed useful strategies into an engaging presentation.”

Ollie Barron, Family Coach

Benefits and content

Most GPs and some health workers are familiar with motivational interviewing but often find it takes too much time or isn’t appropriate for that particular person.

This training session isn’t about learning a new system or yet more acronyms. Nor is it about prescribing one fixed approach.

Instead, it draws on evidence based brief interventions from

  • motivational interviewing
  • solution focused therapy and CBT
  • behavioural psychology and nudge techniques

By the end of the session, attendees will be able to

  • describe why trying harder often means succeeding less
  • explain the three potential leverage points to help a patient succeed in their lifestyle change
  • use up to nine micro-interventions to agree better, more sustained lifestyle change with less stress

“A lot of tools that I will use to change my practice. I will find dealing with health behaviour much less frustrating and be more successful at it too.”

Dharam Dickinson, GPST3 Brighton

“When I did a review of the term’s learning with the VTs, Andrew’s teaching beat all the didactic teaching for most memorable and most useful information.”

Mandy Claiden, Programme Director Mid-Sussex GPST Training Scheme

Drop me a line to talk about me running this course for you

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I did a short interview about my work helping GPs and nurses engage with patients about healthy lifestyle change here