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Behaviour change for health

All health and care staff have a unique opportunity to support people to make changes to their behaviour that can have a positive impact on their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The MAP of Health Behaviour Change Learning Programme aims to increase capability and capacity in all health and care staff to provide psychologically informed behaviour change support to the people they care for.

MAP of health behaviour change learning programme

MAP stands for Motivation, Action and Prompts.  We know that for a behaviour change to occur and to be maintained, we need to have some motivation to make the change, to be taking action that will result in the change and be aware of the prompts and cues which help and hinder us to make the change and to stick to it.

The MAP Learning Programme aims to equip all Health, Care and 3rd Sector staff with the knowledge, skills and confidence to talk to people about behaviour change and to deliver theory-based interventions which are person-centred and will promote positive health and wellbeing outcomes.

Watch this short video for a summary of the MAP of Health Behaviour Change Learning Programme. The MAP of Health Behaviour Change Animation on Vimeo

Educational Resources

Informed skills level

The MAP of Health Behaviour Change eLearning Module

This NES module is an introduction to the MAP approach to behaviour change for health and wellbeing. It is available to all, and is especially relevant to any health, care and 3rd Sector practitioner who has contact with people during the course of their work. The module can be used as a standalone resource as an introduction to behaviour change, or as a foundation to the skilled level MAP Workshops.

Link to the eLearning Module


Skilled level

Full MAP Learning Programmes:

Includes The MAP of Health Behaviour Change eLearning Module PLUS


CORE MAP Workshops, learning resources and coaching sessions

These skills-based workshops and resources are available to all health and care practitioners and offer the opportunity to develop their practice after completing the eLearning Module.  The workshops are delivered by NES or by local MAP Trainers in NHS Boards and apply MAP principles across a wide range of health and care delivery contexts, health conditions, staff groups and citizen groups.

Current CORE MAP Workshop dates (delivered by the NES MAP Team)

Wednesday 24th and 31st August 2022 (09:30-13:00, via MS Teams)

Thursday 27th October and 3rd November 2022 (09:30-13:00, via MS Teams)

Coaching sessions are offered throughout the year to support learners meaningfully embed the skills within their practice.

Current Coaching session dates (delivered by the NES MAP Team)

MAP Winter Coaching Session – Wednesday 16th November 2022 (09:30-12:30, via MS Teams)

To register your interest in any of the workshops/coaching sessions, please contact The Health Improvement (Psychology) Team


Healthy Beginnings: MAP of Health Behaviour Change

These skills-based workshops and learning resources have been specifically developed to support practitioners working in Early Years services to support families in making changes which will lead to positive health and wellbeing outcomes.  Created in response to the NHS Health Scotland Standards for the Delivery of Tier 2 and Tier 3 Weight Management Services for Children and Young People (2019), and in collaboration with NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council, the programme focuses on:

  • Person centred care and communication skills which support those working in Early Years Services to have sensitive conversations with families and carers about child healthy weight and other related behaviour change.
  • How to use the MAP of Health Behaviour Change approach to signpost to Tier 2 and 3 services, or to support the family directly to make behaviour change which will improve health and wellbeing.


Enhanced Skills Level

MAP Training for Trainers Programme:

Practitioners within health and care services who have undertaken one of the Full MAP Learning Programmes and have experience of using MAP in practice, can complete the MAP Training for Trainers to allow them to roll out the MAP Learning Programmes across local services and teams.

The NHS Education for Scotland MAP Team train, co-facilitate, observe and coach local trainers to ensure they have the competence and confidence to deliver the MAP content to a high standard while maintaining flexibility and adding their own training style. 


For more information and to begin learning, go to:

 The MAP of Health Behaviour Change Learning Programme page on TURAS, (MAP of health behaviour change : helping people to make and maintain behaviour change | Turas | Learn (


3rd Sector NHS and Care Partner Organisations

If you work with a 3rd Sector organisation in partnership with a Health Board or Local Authority and are interested in attending the full MAP Learning Programme, or in arranging training for your staff, please contact us at the address below to discuss.

Online access

For more information and to begin learning, go to The MAP of Health Behaviour Change Learning Programme on TURAS, or search ‘MAP’ in the search bar.

Contact us

For more information, contact The Health Improvement (Psychology) Team.

Last updated: 27/09/2020

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