Health Behaviour Change

Recently, the Public Health team hosted a Health & Wellbeing Development Day on ‘Supporting people to improve their health through health behaviour change’.  On the day, 63 members of staff and volunteers attended from various organisations including Argyll and Bute HSCP and the third sector.

The aim of the day was to discuss: what is health behaviour change, what influences our health, why health behaviour change is so difficult, and some of the tools and techniques that can help make it easier to support people to make changes. Health Psychologists and NHS Education for Scotland introduced Behaviour Change Techniques and the MAP of behaviour change approach and training. Discussion groups introduced attendees to the various programmes and initiatives already running in Argyll & Bute including smoking cessation support, Alcohol Brief Interventions, weight management and physical activity.

Read our evaluation report to find out more about the day: Health Behaviour change event evaluation 12 Sept 19.

View the presentations from the day:

Welcome and introduction – Alison McGrory, Acting Associate Director Public Health (Argyll & Bute HSCP): 1. Opening presentation

An introduction to health behaviour change: first steps for us all? – Wendy Maltinsky, Chartered Health Psychologist/Lecturer/Diabetes Research Fellow (University of Stirling/University of the Highlands & Islands) & Jenny Dryden, Health Improvement Senior (Argyll and Bute HSCP): 2. An introduction to health behaviour change

Supporting behaviour change – what works? Effective conversations and MAP – Heather Connolly, Chartered Health Psychologist /Principal Educator for Health Improvement (NHS Education for Scotland): 3. MAP NHS Highland Sep194. Closing presentation

Supporting health behaviour change in Argyll & Bute: what next? – Jenny Dryden, Health Improvement Senior (Argyll & Bute HSCP): 4. Closing presentation

The Public Health team are also faciliating MAP of behaviour change skills workshops on the following dates.  Click on the relevant link to book your place.

30/01/20 Campbeltown Hospital Argyll & Bute Public Health
05/03/20 Cowal Hospital Argyll & Bute Public Health

For further information about the contents of this report, or about health behaviour change, please contact Jenny Dryden, Health Improvement Senior on or 01546790043.


In Argyll and Bute, many people are living with long-term health conditions, and many more are at risk of developing them. To help people deal with this, and to live the best and healthiest lives possible, we have developed the Living Well Strategy. The strategy focuses on supporting people to manage their own health, and supporting communities to build groups and networks which can link people together.

Everyone can benefit from Living Well activities and support, even those who are already living healthy lives. Living Well promotes community and information, as well as planning in advance for any health problems that might come up. This is not as a replacement for services, but rather helps to support services by building up people’s capacity to know and manage their own health.

The documents contributing to the Living Well Strategy, as well as the Strategy itself, can be found here.

Living Well Strategy 2019  Engagement report  Strategy Summary   Summary of Staff Survey finalWellbeing leaflet print-ready 1.02

Health and Wellbeing Development Day – 12th September 2019

The Public Health team is pleased to announce that a Health and Wellbeing Development Day on “Supporting people to improve their health through health behaviour change” will take place on 12th September 2019, at the Inveraray Inn, Inveraray.

You don’t need to be an expert to have a positive impact on someone’s lifestyle choices – many of us in our day to day work have the opportunity to talk with people about health behaviours and how they impact on health and wellbeing.  Come along and join us in learning about the foundations of health behaviour change, the latest training opportunities, and explore how health behaviour change conversations might work in your role or organisation.

Please see poster for further information and booking details.  Please send completed booking forms to  We expect this event to be popular so book early to avoid disappointment. 

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Booking Form