LEARNING PACK: Ready, Willing and Able


Quick Overview

Health practitioners frequently find themselves exhorting patients to change their lifestyles. This DVD demonstrates a style in which to conduct such consultations and the accompanying CD provides worksheets to aid learning. Counselling is demonstrated by Chris Butler and Pip Mason (2010).

LEARNING PACK: Ready, Willing and Able

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The approach illustrated is that described in Health Behavior Change, A Practitioner’s Guide (Mason and Butler 2010, Churchill Livingstone).

The DVD shows you the book’s authors (a GP and a nurse) in action and although this DVD together with the CD stand alone as a learning aid we do recommend you also read the book. The accompanying CD provides a workbook (pdf and Word formats) to facilitate self-directed learning and, for trainers, there are handouts and discussion sheets (Word) for use with groups.

The consultations are unscripted simulations with Pip Mason and Chris Butler playing the health practitioners and professional actors playing the patients. Six scenarios are portrayed, all in health care settings. Accompanying each scenario a different mix of videos are offered; complete consultations, alternative styles of consultations for you to compare, edited clips of particular strategies and feedback from either patient or practitioner about how the consultation felt.

The consultations

Mr Richards is a restaurant owner who enjoys good food and fine wine (and spirits!) His lifestyle is taking a toll on his health and his doctor raises the topic with him.

Mrs Spencer enjoys feeding her husband and son who are both now overweight. The doctor demonstrates both less good and better ways of tackling the issue with her.

Mr Atkinson struggles as a disabled man on benefits, to eat a healthy diet. The health professional helps to build his confidence that it might be possible to make changes that would really benefit him and even be enjoyable.

Ms Rees is asthmatic, smokes and forgets to take her inhaler. A health professional explores this with her.

Mrs Mitchell wants medication to help with her depression. Her doctor would like her to explore other ways of managing her mood.

Ms Bennet is not practising safe sex and the health professional works to establish a rapport and open up a productive discussion about the young woman's options.


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