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Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) indicate that people working with those at risk should be aware of this problem. A spokesperson for Physio Jobs comments on the recommendations.

NICE’s guidelines are aimed at health, social care and voluntary sector practitioners who work with the elderly and others at risk from the cold weather. They suggest that people at risk of ill health should be identified to prevent them from living in a poorly insulated home.

Primary health practitioners should also assess the heating requirements of people vulnerable to low temperatures and those tasked with helping discharges from health or social care should also judge if consequent action is needed. Steve Tolan, the Charted Society of Physiotherapy’s head of practice and development, believed staff should carry out the recommendations: “CSP members routinely work with at risk groups such as those who are older or frail.

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