Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Publishes Cold Homes Quality Standard

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Publishes Cold Homes Quality Standard

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued a quality standard on preventing excess winter deaths and health problems associated with cold homes.

The standard focuses on aspects of health and social care that are commissioned locally. It sets out effective actions that should be taken to help people who are vulnerable to health problems linked with cold homes - such as those with cardiovascular or respiratory conditions, babies and children under age five and people aged over 65. There are around 24,000 excess winter deaths each year, and many more people are made ill by living in a home that is too cold.

The quality statements include the following:

* Local populations who are vulnerable to the health problems associated with a cold home are identified through year-round planning by local health and social care commissioners and providers;

* People who are vulnerable to the health problems associated with a cold home receive tailored support with help from a local single point of contact health and housing referral service.

The related NICE guideline (http:// www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng6) on reducing excess winter deaths and illnesses highlights that there is a huge untapped opportunity for health and care staff and other professionals to spot and help vulnerable people whose health is at risk because of living in a cold home. …

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