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Wednesday, 9 August, 2017 - 15:52

Apology to Highgate Day Centre patients issued after Healthwatch Camden report

On 3 August the Camden New Journal online published a story on our Highgate Day Centre – Audio Diary report. In particular highlighting that as a result of our work, health officials offered an apology to service users due to failings in the management of the closure of the service.

Tuesday, 8 August, 2017 - 15:06

Our dental report in The Voice newspaper!

On 7 August 2017 our dental report got featured in The Voice BME newspaper. 

Every voice counts when it comes to the delivery of health and social care services in Camden. 

See the abridged press release here: 

PRESS RELEASE

Healthwatch Camden report finds barriers to dental care service provision

Tuesday, 1 August, 2017 - 18:35

Have your say on what should be available on prescription

NHS England recently announced plans to cut certain prescriptions that the NHS considers to be ineffective or that, being low cost, that they think patients can simply go out and buy.

Concerns have been raised for example that it would break with the guiding principle that the NHS should be free at the point of use. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society questioned how the move might affect the poorest families.  

Saturday, 29 July, 2017 - 18:44

Some community events that we attended this summer

In July Victoria Armitage our Project Officer, attended a couple of local events:

Tuesday, 25 July, 2017 - 18:02

Healthwatch Camden report in the Camden New Journal!

On Thursday 13 July 2017, we were featured in the Camden New Journal on our Highgate Day Centre report.

The Highgate Day Centre is a service for people with mental health needs in Camden. During 2015-16, the service underwent significant changes, some due to resource constraints and also partly in response to changes in thinking around appropriate models for service delivery.

Tuesday, 18 July, 2017 - 17:01

Healthwatch Camden Annual report 2016-17

 

Last month we launched our annual report for 2016 / 17. This year we focused on the ‘power of partnership’. We’ve successfully worked in partnership with local organisations, including working with mental health users on a unique project to record their experiences on changes to their service.

We’re pleased with the partnerships we’ve forged and it will help us to ensure that local people’s voices are stronger in the delivery of health and social care services.

Tuesday, 18 July, 2017 - 15:24

Healthwatch Camden reports on dental care service provision

In June we issued a report on dental service provision in Camden. It’s called ‘Accessing dental services in Camden: experiences of local people.’

Part of our remit is to make sure that local people help to shape health and social care services so that the diverse needs of our community is met.

We found out that local people are experiencing barriers to accessing dental care in Camden.

Tuesday, 18 July, 2017 - 14:50

Changes on Healthwatch Camden board

On 26 June, Healthwatch Camden said ‘goodbye’ to our founding chair, Connie Smith.

We also welcomed our new chair of trustees, Saloni Thakrar.

We were sorry to lose Connie, who is stepping down after four very successful years, and pleased that she will be returning to us as a volunteer.

Trustees and staff were delighted to welcome Saloni to replace her, we know she will bring energy, creativity and commitment to the leadership of Healthwatch Camden.  

Monday, 17 July, 2017 - 17:24

South End Green Festival

On June 25 Lindy Maqhubela our Communications Manager and Anna Wright, our Deputy Director and Policy Lead manned a stall at the South End Green Festival. They were joined by our enthusiastic volunteers.

Part of our remit is to sign post people to suitable health and social care services in Camden, so we got the chance to hand out leaflets about us and our role and also chatted with lots of local people.

As usual we got feedback via our ‘Your Voice Counts’ survey which is an opportunity for local people to let their voices be heard on services provided.

Wednesday, 7 June, 2017 - 16:14

“Social prescribing” – a holistic approach to health, by Frances Hasler

Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

 

Because our health is affected by our social circumstances, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.