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Local Healthwatch offices are required by the Health and Social Care Act to be the voice of local people in the design and provision of health and social care services.

An agreed model of governance is used by Healthwatch offices.

A small, lean and strategic board has the responsibility for overseeing the delivery of yearly priorities and focus. The local community helps shape these priorities by communicating their needs and concerns with their local Healthwatch.

Healthwatch Camden is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.  This means that:

  • Governing body members are selected according to an agreed skills profile;
  • Eight to ten governing board members is the maximum number we can have at any time;
  • The board also has the option of co-opting other people with specific skills to serve on the board for an agreed period of time. 

Connie Smith

Connie worked in the NHS in Inner West London and her main professional focus was on local community-based services for women, she also contributed to the NHS Sexual Health Strategy and the World Health Organisation work on Reproductive Health.

Connie is looks forward to helping Camden Healthwatch find out what people want from their local services, how they are being delivered and how they can be improved.

Elisa Alvares

A corporate finance lawyer by background, Elisa Alvares' previous roles include structured finance and asset management, with roles ranging from management to fund raising, designing and overseeing the implementation of innovative investment structures. She currently heads up the Media and Entertainment Finance division at Bank Leumi UK. 

Elisa is a specialist in media finance, and has fundraised for and been instrumental in numerous independent film productions, many of which have dealt with social and health-related themes.

Her charity work includes volunteering for the Medical Foundation and the ABC Trust, which helps deprived children in Brazil, where she is originally from. Elisa brings a passion for healthcare, diversity and localism. Elisa lives with her family in Camden.

Jessica Warne

With extensive experience within the charity sector, Jessica is the founder and managing director of Camden based charity “Cocoon Family Support” – supporting families with perinatal mental health issues. Having suffered with severe postnatal depression and not experienced appropriate and adequate care for her illness, Jessica was driven to create a service accessible to all families where they can receive supportive services otherwise not available.

Having used her experience to encourage change, Jessica feels strongly about encouraging others to use their experiences as a motivator for change within the health and social care sector. Jessica Warne is a lifelong Camden resident and mother of two, passionate about social action and the importance of patient participation.

Pam Hibbs

Pam has worked for 45 years in the NHS, mostly in the hospitals in the East End of London apart for a period of three years working as a Health Visitor in rural Berkshire. Following retirement, she worked for five years with the Inspector of Prisons looking at the Health Care needs of the prisoners. Also during this period she worked withthe General Medical Council sitting on the Fitness to Practice Committee.

For some time, Pam was the Chairman fo Counsel and Care before the charity was incorporated into Independent age. At this time she was also the Chairman of St Joseph's Hospice until 2012. Pam has lived in Camden since 1976.

Sanjay Ganvir

Sanjay's been a practicing Community Pharmacist for 20 years and is now a Director at Green Light Pharmacy which has 2 pharmacies in Camden. Green Light is a socially responsible employee owned company that is very active with the local voluntary sector and is a founding member of a collaboration of local voluntary groups - the West Euston Healthy Living Partnership.

Sanjay is also an Honorary Lecturer at University College London and sits on several local education and health groups as well as being the chair of the local community pharmacy representative body.

He is passionate that patient centred and empathetic care is delivered by all health care professionals in the NHS. Also that the voices of the local population of Camden are heard and acted upon by practitioners and commissioners of healthcare.

Saloni Thakrar

 

Saloni is a pharmacist with a US Doctorate (Pharm D.), a current UK pharmacy licence, a Masters in Public Health and strong clinical experience. Saloni also has extensive experience of working in different healthcare systems around the world, both in a voluntary and professional capacity.

Saloni has also worked in the NHS in East London with a medicines management team.

Saloni is currently the co-chair of Camden Patient Public Engagement Group (CPPEG). She has a strong interest in improving public health systems and is passionate about the quality and safety of patients. She is particularly interested in ensuring that patients are heard and have a strong voice in the services that impact them, and ideally in their design.