Healthy, sustainable and resilient communities

Every place will have a different set of geographical, social, economic and demographic set of circumstances which means that a local approach is needed to support communities to thrive, be more sustainable, resilient and healthy in changing times and climates.

NHS, public health and social care organisations play an important role in local communities, as employers, and as core public service providers. They are an integral part of communities and can help support community groups, local agencies and local people to further build a sense of place and identity so people want to live, work and invest there. These elements create the conditions for improved health and wellbeing.

This area is divided into two parts that focus on:
  1. Developing local frameworks
  2. Building resilience to climate change and adverse events

The full module can be downloaded below along with implementation notes to support delivery.

Under the Weather V2 - Adapting to a changing climate (March 2015)

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 has been 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 toolkit, "Under the Weather"  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.

Additional resources you may find useful

  • Joint Strategic Needs Assessment: A Guide to Integrating Sustainability
    Joint Strategic Needs Assessment: A Guide to Integrating Sustainability

    Guidance to support partnership working in the integration of sustainability into the JSNA and demonstrate the clear benefits of this approach. Working through will help to ensure that key aspects have been considered and cross referenced throughout the JSNA. The suggested themes and recommendations contained within this guidance have been drawn together by partners through the development of a sustainability chapter for the Kent Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

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