Behaviour change for health and well-being

Behaviour change is rapidly becoming recognised as the key factor in prevention and rehabilitation programmes. Recent NICE guidelines state that all healthcare professionals should have the knowledge and skills to motivate the general public and often this is initiated by changing behaviour.

The NICE guidelines also state that behaviour change should be an essential component in training and CPD given to healthcare professionals.

This Master’s level Behaviour Change in Health and Wellbeing module is designed to meet the current needs of healthcare professionals and its content will reflect the guidance from NICE.

This module will teach the theories underpinning behaviour change and you will discover how to apply specific models and principles to improve the long term health of the individuals, consequently improving outcomes. You will be taught how to recognise the signs of non-adherence and how to select the most appropriate behaviour change model / principles to suit particular population groups (inactive, obese, elderly).

This module is suitable for a range of health care and exercise professionals whose role involves improving and maintaining the health and well-being of individuals.

Sample timetable

Day 1

09.30 - 10.15 Module Overview

10.15 – 11.15 The Development of Health Psychology For Changing Behaviour

11.15 – 12.30 Health Behaviours – Let’s Look Inside

12.30 - 13.15 Lunch Break

13.15 - 14.45 Introduction to Behaviour Change Models/Theories

14.45 – 16.00 Introduction to a Motivational Interviewing Approach

16.00 – 16.30 End of the Day Summary

Day 2

09.00 – 09.15 Thoughts From Yesterday

09.15 – 10.15 The Client’s Perspective

10.15 – 11.30 Behaviour Change Principles – Resistance is Futile

11.30 – 12.30 The Health Promotion Debate

12.30 - 13.15 Lunch Break

13.15 – 14.45 Behaviour Change Models – Identifying what works

14.45 – 16.00 Behaviour Change – Practical solutions

Day 3

09.00 – 09.15 Thoughts From Yesterday

09.15 – 10.45 Have You Changed Yet? – Monitoring and Evaluating Behaviour Change Outcomes

10.45 - 12.00 Maintaining The Change – Adherence to Rehabilitation

12.00 - 12.45 Lunch Break

12.45 - 13.15 Assessment Revisited *this session is for students taking the assessment (not CPD)

13.15 – 14.45 Smoking Cessation – Lessons to be Learned

14.45 – 15.45 NICE Guidelines/Brief Interventions/Nudge

15.45 - 16.00 End of Module Round Up/Module Close

  • Full day £100
  • Half day £50
  • Single Session £25

Payment can be made in advance or on the day with cash or cheque made payable to 'Keele University'

To apply

Please complete the SAHP CPD PG Application Form  (save the form to your computer first - then enter your details and save again. If you enter your details whilst still on the webpage you will lose all your data) and return by email to

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