Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 - 20:14
Robert Sumerling, a member of our board recently went on a PLACE visit at the Royal Free hospital. He visited the Radiotherapy Clinic, Postnatal ward and Men’s renal ward where they looked at cleanliness and condition.
Our volunteers go to PLACE visits at local hospitals every year to provide the patient perspective on whether the healthcare environment provides privacy and dignity. Staff at the hospitals are positive and welcoming.
Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 - 19:53
On Tuesday 13 March, our board member Sarah Cawthra gave a resident's presentation at the Health and Wellbeing Board meeting (where we have a seat). She talked about how difficult it is for someone with several existing conditions to keep active and maintain a healthy weight.
Our board members live in Camden and often present at meetings in the local community. They also attend meetings with local organisations so that they can listen to what service users think of Camden’s Health and social care provision – where they’re doing well and where they can improve.
Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 - 15:08
We are launching our new five year strategic plan this month. We have existed since 2013 and in that time we have covered many topics.
We highlighted the experience of parents of disabled children. We commented on variation in GP services. We focused on equality, looking at the experience of disabled people and people from BMER communities.
Wednesday, 28 March, 2018 - 19:05
We’re now on Instagram, follow us to see photos of us out in the local community, listening on local people’s views on health and social care in Camden.
Every voice counts when it comes to shaping the future of health and social care. We aim to give a powerful voice to local families, children, young people and adults, we’re determined to hear everyone’s views.
Wednesday, 21 March, 2018 - 11:07
We’d like you to tell us what you think of housing and health. We know that poor or insecure housing can contribute to poor physical and mental health, so we want to know if your housing makes it difficult to keep well.
We’re keen to find out how effectively health and wellbeing services in Camden support the needs of people in different types of housing. Whether you live in private rented accommodation, council housing, a housing association home or own your home we’d like to hear from you.
Tell us what would help you to make more use of housing and health services.
Monday, 12 March, 2018 - 17:27
Healthwatch Camden’s offered to visit every GP practice in Camden to help them implement the Accessible Information Standard.
Part of our remit is to make sure that everyone gets equal access to health and social care services in Camden, this is a vital aspect of our work.
The Standard aims to make sure that people who have communication support needs can get information in ways that they can use and understand.
Monday, 12 March, 2018 - 16:58
Last June we published a report about Camden’s dentists, based on what we learned from talking to local people. We also spoke to dentists to see the whole picture.
We publish reports because we want to make sure that people who use Camden’s health and social care services get their voices heard when shaping services. We also aim to highlight where health and social care providers are doing well.
Monday, 5 March, 2018 - 17:43
A dilemma for all local Healthwatch organisations, us included, is how to prioritise what we focus on. There are so many important issues to consider. Should it be poor administration in outpatient departments? Or the way health commissioners are limiting the use of ‘procedures of limited clinical effectiveness’?
Monday, 5 March, 2018 - 17:23
The Federation of London Local Dental Committees quoted us on their response to the Mayor’s consultation on health inequality.
This shows that our work is having an impact in the local community.
We did the report because Camden residents told us that they wanted us to look at oral health care and dental services in the borough. We give people the power to improve local services and this is why it’s important to talk to us and have your say.
Tuesday, 9 January, 2018 - 17:23
This is our final blog for 2017, so I will start by wishing you all a happy Christmas and New Year.
Over the past year we’re met lots of you in the local community and have enjoyed strong working relationships.
Thank you to all our volunteers, local organisations and communities who have worked with us on various projects. We’re really pleased to have built new relationships including with local schools and our LGBT+ community.
We hope to continue this in 2018.
Co-designing urgent care