Easy read heatwave plan launched


Well, it’s good to be prepared and earlier this year the Department of Health produced its annual heatwave plan, which aims to raise public and professional awareness on how to prepare in case of severe hot weather and potential heatwaves. The Plan is written in partnership with the Health Protection Agency and supported by the Met Office. One of its aims is to outline the steps people can take to protect their own health, and to reduce the risks of illness and death in the most vulnerable people.

It is a cruel irony that the plan landed on desks when the rain was battering the windows and we are having the wettest summer on record.

This year however, the DH has commissioned Inspired Services to produce an easy read version of the plan, and this was recently circulated.

We at the Elf thought you might be interested in taking a look and sharing with your organisations and any vulnerable people you support.

Let us know what you think of the plan (but not what you think of the weather) and keep safe in the sun!

Easy Read Heatwave plan 2012, Department of Health, Health Protection Agency

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After qualifying as a social worker, John worked in community learning disability teams before getting involved in a number of long-stay hospital closure programmes, working to develop individual plans for people moving into their own homes. He worked for BILD, helping to develop the Quality Network and was editorial lead for the NHS electronic library learning disabilities specialist collection. This led him to found the Learning Disabilities Elf site with Andre Tomlin as a way of making the evidence accessible to practitioners in health and social care. Most recently he has worked as part of Mencap's national quality team and also been involved in a number of national website developments, including the General Medical Council's learning disabilities site.

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