Health and Wellbeing Boards to be engaged around preparing for climate change

The Sustainable Development Unit are contacting all Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) to get their input into a government report looking at how the health and care system is adapting to climate change.

Chairs of HWBs will receive an email invite to take part in the three question survey that will take five minutes to complete.

Climate change and dealing with the effect felt by communities has been in the news a great deal over the recent months, including the report from the ASC into Managing climate risks to wellbeing and the economy.

The upcoming report has been requested by government under the Adaptation Reporting Power (ARP) component of the Climate Change Act (2008) and will be submitted in May 2015.

A cross system working group (DH, NHS England, Public Health England and NHS Property Services) are developing the report. The group has been established to assess how climate change risks are assessed, whether adaptation plans are in place and how the impacts of adaptation plans are evaluated in the following parts of the system:

  • Overarching system level
  • National Bodies
  • NHS Providers (including Ambulance Trusts)
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Community / The Public’s Health (Health and Wellbeing Boards)

If you would like to find out more please contact the Sustainable Development Unit on 0113 825 3220 or e-mail England.sdu@nhs.net