Health protection – policy paper

Heatwave Plan for England

The Heatwave Plan for England is a plan intended to protect the population from heat-related harm to health.


Heatwave Plan for England 2014

Heatwave Plan for England 2014: easy read version

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Heatwave Plan for England 2014: cover letter

Making the case: the impact of heat on health – now and in the future

Advice for care home managers and staff: supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave

Looking after yourself and others during hot weather: the latest advice


The Heatwave Plan for England aims to prepare for, alert people to, and prevent, the major avoidable effects on health during periods of severe heat in England.

It recommends a series of steps to reduce the risks to health from prolonged exposure to severe heat for:

  • the NHS, local authorities, social care, and other public agencies
  • professionals working with people at risk
  • individuals, local communities and voluntary groups