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The Cold Weather Plan for England - Protecting health and reducing harm from cold weather

This year's Cold Weather Plan for England has not been changed from 2016. The national plan includes actions for NHS providers like ourselves, which must be invoked when temperatures reach threshold levels (temperature is expected to be at or below 2C for a period of 48 hours).

We are notified of the changes in cold weather alert levels via the Cold Weather Health Watch System, operated jointly by Public Health England and the Met Office. The system operates from 01 November to 31 March.

Among the actions required of NHS providers is to raise awareness about the harmful effects of cold weather and what to do to ensure you stay safe as members of the public. You can find more information about this in the Public Health England leaflet available here: 'Keep Warm Well'