NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.
This quality standard covers preventing excess winter deaths and health problems associated with cold homes. It includes people of all ages, and takes into account that some people are particularly vulnerable to the effects of the cold, such as people with cardiovascular or mental health conditions, young children and older people. For more information see the preventing excess winter deaths topic overview here.
NICE quality standards focus on aspects of health and social care that are commissioned locally. Areas of national policy, such as winter fuel allowances, grants and energy pricing are therefore not covered by this quality standard.
Looking after your mental health this winter
Winter can be a difficult time for many of us and it is normal to feel anxious. Do not suffer in silence – there are several organisations and services that can help support you to look after your mental health and wellbeing without a referral.