Under the Weather - Adapting to a changing climate
Changing weather patterns, more frequent extreme weather and rising temperatures have direct implications on our health, and also pose challenges to the way in which the NHS, public health and social care system operates.
To help address this a toolkit was developed to support Health and Wellbeing boards, and others, ensure organisations and communities are prepared for the impact of climate change and, in particular, extreme weather conditions such as heatwaves, severe cold snaps and flooding.
The document can be found below and has been produced through a partnership between Department of Health (DH), the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU), Public Health England (PHE), and the Environment Agency (EA). It has been designed to complement the SDU’s strategy for the NHS, public health, and social care system 2014 – 2020.
March 2015 - update to version 2
The Under the Weather toolikit was updated and version 2 published in March 2015 -
the new more streamlined version has been updated to align with the
Sustainable Development Strategy and it's supporting modules. It also
reflects the revised NHS structure that formally took effect in April
2013 as well as the NHS Five Year Forward View.
The aim of this toolkit is to assist Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) in integrating climate change adaptation into the local health economy. It also highlights how Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWS) can be used to achieve this aim, for the benefit of communities.