Policy paper

Protecting health and reducing harm from severe cold this winter

The Department of Health has today published the Cold Weather Plan for England 2012.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Documents

letter from the Chief Medical Officer, Director of Nursing, Director General, Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, and the Deputy NHS Chief Executive

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It is part of a wider suite of measures that the Department of Health, NHS, Health Protection Agency and the Met Office are taking to protect individuals and communities from the effects of severe winter weather.

This letter from the Chief Medical Officer, Director of Nursing, Director General, Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, and the Deputy NHS Chief Executive announces the publication of this year’s plan. It also provides advice for individuals, communities and agencies on how to prepare for possible severe cold winter weather.

Also published alongside the CWP is:

  • ‘Supporting the Case’ a companion document giving further information on a range of topics related to the CWP, including an evaluation of the first year of the CWP and further information about the Cold Weather Alerts and messages to the public
  •  a series of ‘action cards’ based on the Plan for easy use by organisations, staff and the public.

NHS and local authority chief executives will wish to consider preparatory actions to support their efforts in responding to severe cold weather this winter.

The letter is also copied to a range of statutory, professional and voluntary and community organisations.

Published 26 October 2012