Climate action: health and social care

How can we ensure that health and social care systems will be resilient with the extra pressures they will come under due to climate change?

Climate change hub

LGA resources

Air quality: a briefing for directors of public health

This briefing provides the information to help Directors of Public Health consider the appropriate public health response to air pollution in their area.

Case studies and notable practice

Councils are taking action to reduce their own carbon emissions and working with partners and local communities to tackle the impact of climate change on their local area. Below are examples of innovative case studies and ongoing projects from councils in specific areas. 

If you have a case study or piece of notable practice which you'd like to share with us, please fill out a case study template and submit it via email to, or simply email us with a few lines about what you’re up to. 

Resources from elsewhere

Centre for Sustainable Energy - Affordable Warmth and Health Evaluation (2016)

The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) have created this toolkit to make evaluating the health and wellbeing impacts of affordable warmth schemes easier and more effective. They have created this toolkit for local organisations managing affordable warmth schemes and directors of public health and housing in local authorities.

The Lancet

The 2019 report of Countdown on health and climate change explores how we can ensure that the health of a child born today is not defined by a changing climate. It is a free article but you will need to create an account.

Imperial Business School and Public Health England

This tool allows local authorities to quantify the potential costs to the NHS and social care due to the health impacts of air pollution and can be used to estimate the health cost savings of low carbon transport projects.

Adapting to a changing climate (Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU), Public Health England (PHE), and the Environment Agency (EA))

Changing weather patterns, more frequent extreme weather and rising temperatures have direct implications on our health, and also pose challenges to the way in which the NHS, public health and social care system operates. To help address this a toolkit was developed to support Health and Wellbeing boards, and others, ensure organisations and communities are prepared for the impact of climate change and, in particular, extreme weather conditions such as heatwaves, severe cold snaps and flooding.