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Behaviour change literacy

Behaviour Change Literacy (BCL) is an understanding of the range and importance of individual, environmental and policy influences that can impact on people's health behaviours.

It includes key values, principles and core communication skills essential for person-centred individual approaches.

This training aims to build foundational behaviour change skills of the workforce. It will introduce learners to behaviour change, what it is, why it is important and how to put it in place.

It's designed as the first step in a learner's journey to developing their behaviour change knowledge and skills. There are two BCL eLearning courses:

  • Behaviour Change Literacy eLearning for Individual Learners
  • Behaviour Change Literacy eLearning for Workforce Leaders

We recommend that learners complete one of the sessions depending on their role.

Watch Health Education England's short, animated video (opens new window) on behaviour change (opens in new window).

BCL for Individual Learners

This eLearning is in chapters:

  • Getting started
  • Principles of behaviour
  • Factors affecting behavioural decisions
  • Behaviour change interactions
  • Designing behaviour change
  • Person-centred conversations
  • Ethics of behaviour change
  • Taking the next step

You'll have to answer a series of questions at the end of each chapter. There are 15 questions and you'll need 10 correct answers to pass.

It should take 40 minutes to complete the session.

BCL for Workforce Leaders

The eLearning is in three parts:

  • Part 1: What is behaviour change and why is it important?
  • Part 2: How do you do it?
  • Part 3: How to support your team to do it.

Each eLearning session should take 15 minutes to complete. There's a knowledge check at the end of the third chapter.

There are three questions per assessment: you'll need two correct answers to pass each one.

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