Health and social care: winter preparedness plan 2023-2024

This winter plan represents a whole system approach to responding to a surge in demand for health and social care services and sets out the actions to help relieve pressure points across the system. The measures outlined are applicable throughout the year when we may face increased pressures.

Summary and Escalations

This Winter Plan sets out the actions being implemented across the health and social care system in order to prepare for the increase in demand and pressure we expect to see over winter 2023/24. These actions are being adopted as part of a business as usual approach to local planning for surges in demand and complement local surge/escalation and capacity plans.

To support this, we have put in place a national governance system with strategic oversight across health and care to recognise and mitigate evolving risks (including system pressures) and maintain a flexible response covering whole-system winter pressures.

Working on a subsidiarity basis, local monitoring will continue, and health and care organisations will utilise their established governance and response structures.



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