In my last update I highlighted that I was chairing the National Institute for Health and Care excellence (NICE) behaviour change development group. I am delighted to report that NICE have now published a partial update of Public Health guidance 6 on behaviour change. This guidance is an update on the previous NICE behaviour change guidance produced in 2007.
The guidance is written for commissioners, managers, service providers and practitioners with public health as part of their remit working within local authorities and the wider public, private, community and voluntary sectors. It should also be of interest to researchers and people who want to change their and their families’ behaviour. The behaviours covered are: alcohol, diet, physical activity, sexual behaviour and smoking. The new guidance is aimed at people over the age of 16 years.
This partial review is about behaviour change techniques at an individual level and I and many others in the wider public health community hope that NICE will now commission a further complimentary review of the new evidence for updating the NICE guidance on behaviour change at a population level. The draft guidance is currently out for consultation and further analysis by key stakeholder groups. I would encourage that anyone with an interest in this area to register as a stakeholder and respond to the draft guidance by 31 July. The final guidance will be published in October this year.
There are two national conferences on behaviour change currently being organised for October this year. The first is by the LGA and is on the 15 October and the second is by the Royal Society for Public Health on 30 October.