This competence is about referring people to specialist services to promote their health and well-being and reduce health risks. These services include those related to lifestyle changes such as to increase mobility and physical activity, smoking cessation, dietary advice, weight reduction, and substance misuse. The individuals may be children, young people, adults or older people.
It covers both making arrangements to refer individuals to specialist services and enabling them to access services that are suitable to them. This competence is relevant to practitioners working with people in primary care, hospitals, residential care homes, the community and people’s homes. Practitioners working in all these settings have the opportunity to advise people on adapting their lifestyle to promote health and reduce health risks, and to refer them to specialist services that can support them in changing their behavior.