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Adaptation to Climate Change for Health and Social Care organisations

The NHS is making great strides to reduce its carbon footprint and mitigate its impact on the environment.

However, it is extremely important that health and social care organisations also adapt to climate change.

Adverse weather events and climate change are affecting people and services now and this is predicted to increase in the future.  Climate change is recognised as the biggest public health threat this century and organisations need to adapt to, and prepare for, that threat.

This guidance has been written in collaboration with partners including the Department of Health (DH), the Environment Agency, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Climate UK.  Its aim is to summarise the current knowledge on adapting to climate change in NHS organisations. It describes what climate change adaptation is, why it is a priority for the NHS and how organisations can include adaptation in their Sustainable Development Management Plans (SDMPs).

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