ARP – health and care system getting ready

The health and care sector submitted their Adaptation Reporting Power (ARP) report to Government on its progress on adaptation to climate change under the Climate Change Act (2008).

A cross-system working group – DH, NHS England and Public Health England – was formed to discover how climate change risks are assessed, whether adaptation plans are in place and how the impacts of adaptation plans are evaluated.

The report found that while there is good practice, such as the well established plans for heatwaves or cold weather, and best practice guidance to increase climate resilience and protect hospitals from over-heating, their use is not systemic.

Headline climate risks include the impact of heatwaves and the overheating of buildings, increased risks of air pollution and its associated health effects, and the increased likelihood of flooding events, alongside impacts on service disruptions and communities and the changing patterns of disease.