Heatwave Plan for England

Developed by: Public Health England

The Heatwave Plan for England provides the latest advice from Public Health England on how to make appropriate preparations for summer heatwave events. The guidance it contains is intended for health sector professionals, those working with people sensitive to the effects of high temperatures and also as an information resource for the wider public. The latest document makes an attempt to align with the Cold Weather Plan 2013 in operation during the winter months.

The plan was put in place in response to the severe heatwave event of August 2003 and is now in operation each year between 1st June and 15th September. There is a set of resources available including a report providing an overview of the plan itself and resources to support related actions, including:

  • An ‘Equality Analysis’ that details groups of people or particular health conditions which may exacerbate the effects of hot weather.
  • Summaries of advice for: commissioners and local authorities; providers; frontline staff; GPs and practice staff; the voluntary and community sector; and individuals (including in ‘easy read’ and accessible formats).

See also these associated Public Health England resources:

Looking after yourself and others during hot weather – The latest advice

Supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave – Advice for health and social care professionals