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Tuesday, 27 October, 2015 - 13:21

CQC is carrying out inspections on several Camden services

An inspector calls…

 Or in fact, several inspectors. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is carrying out inspections on several Camden services in the coming months.

 In November, they are conducting a thematic review of integrated care for older people in the borough.

Thursday, 22 October, 2015 - 15:10

Message from Frances Halser, Healthwatch Camden Director - 'Everything changes and nothing stands still'*

Service change happens for all sorts of reasons, some welcome, some less welcome. People affected by service change should be consulted about it, and the impact of change should be properly assessed.  In Camden services change all the time. How can Healthwatch Camden check that necessary consultation and impact assessment is happening – and that where it happens, it makes a difference?

Tuesday, 6 October, 2015 - 17:05

We attended the West Euston Community Festival

On Saturday 12 September, Peter Joseph, our Outreach Officer attended the West Euston Community Festival at Cumberland Market. The event is organised by West Euston Partnership and this year’s theme was ‘health.’

Tuesday, 6 October, 2015 - 13:19

Message from Frances Hasler – Healthwatch Camden, Director

Healthwatch Camden gets a lot of benefit from our links with neighbouring local Healthwatch. The borough shares a number of services with Islington, and some other services are planned across several North London boroughs. As someone who started life in Islington, went to schools in Haringey and used library services in Barnet and hospital services in Camden, I’ve always been aware of how the links between these places are as important as the differences.  

Tuesday, 6 October, 2015 - 11:27

Healthwatch Camden report finds that people living with HIV in Camden experience a ‘ping-pong’ effect when seeking treatment

On 15 September Healthwatch Camden launched a report entitled ‘How well do services join up in Camden? - Experiences of local people living with HIV.’ We found that patients who are living with HIV in Camden experience a ‘ping pong effect.’ That is, they are bounced back and forth between specialist and non-specialist services, which can result in poor care and health outcomes.

Wednesday, 26 August, 2015 - 15:15

We attended Camden Mela 2015

On 26 July, Peter, our Community Outreach Officer, manned the Healthwatch Camden stall at the Camden Mela. This popular Mela organised by Kings Cross and Brunswick Neighbourhood Association attracts over 5,000 local residents.

Wednesday, 26 August, 2015 - 15:05

We attended the Queen’s Crescent Festival

On Saturday 8 August, Shelly our Community and Engagement Volunteer Manager, and Peter our Community Outreach Officer attended the Queen’s Crescent Festival.  The festival is organised by Queens Crescent Community Association, this year’s theme was ‘Community, Family and Healthy Living’.

Wednesday, 26 August, 2015 - 14:58

Meet and Greet for Healthwatch Camden volunteers

On Thursday 10 September we have our first ‘meet and greet icebreaker session’ for Healthwatch Camden volunteers, between 2 - 4pm.

The idea for the session is to share ideas and experiences from volunteers who have already attended one or more of our numerous events through-out Camden, and also to inform potential volunteers about our work, and define the roles that we can offer.

Wednesday, 26 August, 2015 - 14:49

Message from Frances Hasler – Healthwatch Camden, Director

We’ve been doing a lot of looking at statistics recently. It’s got me thinking about how targets and performance measures are used. Public services are, of course, accountable for how they spend our money. One of the most visible ways that government holds NHS services to account is through targets.