The Seasonal Winter Health Strategic Partnership was formed in February 2015 to set the strategic direction of winter health work across North Yorkshire. It is supported by the Warm and Well in North Yorkshire implementation group, established in 2017, as part of the legacy of the successful ‘Warm and Well in North Yorkshire’ project. The partnership and implementation group together aim to reduce the impact of seasonal climate change on the health of the population, reducing fuel poverty and preventing avoidable ill-health within the framework of the North Yorkshire Seasonal Winter Health Strategy 2015-2020.
The strategic partnership reports to the North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing board. It includes representatives of Public Health, Stronger Communities, Targeted Prevention, Performance and Intelligence and Policy and Partnerships teams, and the Emergency Planning Unit at North Yorkshire County Council. Representatives from District and Borough councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups, NICE, Yorkshire Energy Partnership, National Energy Action, Rural Action Yorkshire, Healthwatch North Yorkshire, and the 'blue light' services, also contribute to the partnership on a regular basis. These partnerships ensure wider influence and more coordinated action.
The strategic partnership is complemented by the Warm and Well in North Yorkshire implementation group. Building upon the success of the British Gas Energy Trust funded project, ‘Warm and Well in North Yorkshire’, which was co-ordinated by Rural Action Yorkshire, the implementation group was established in 2017 to ensure the legacy of the project was maintained. The WWNY implementation group will co-ordinate and deliver activity across the county and bring together expertise and knowledge to co-ordinate funding applications.
'Warm and Well in North Yorkshire' is being continued after a contract to deliver winter health co-ordination has been awarded to Citizens Advice Hambleton, Richmondshire and Selby and District.
As well as raising awareness of the impact of cold homes on health and wellbeing, Warm and Well in North Yorkshire offers practical solutions to reduce fuel poverty and supports people and communities to stay warm and well in winter. For more information visit www.warmandwell.org.uk which includes an online referral form.
The North Yorkshire Seasonal Winter Health Strategy 2015-2020 was developed based on the Joint Strategic Winter Health Needs Assessment (JSNA) and the NICE guidelines (NG6) which identified adverse health risks associated with winter months and evidence based actions to improve outcomes. The strategy was developed with partners across the county and drew upon feedback and input from events and consultation.
Presentations and information from past Winter Health Strategic Partnership events can be downloaded below:
Agenda slide - workshops
Presentation - Warm and Well in North Yorkshire - Rural Action Yorkshire
Presentation - Community and personal resilience - Emergency Planning
Presentation - Housing and vulnerable groups - Strategic Housing Partnership
Presentation - Excess winter deaths - Public Health
To access advice and practical support including energy saving measures, energy switch advice and more, professionals and individuals can use the dedicated single point of contact here