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Monday, 20 August, 2018 - 12:04

The life of a Healthwatch Camden Chair

In this post we interview Saloni Thakrar, Healthwatch Camden Chair since 2017.


Could you tell us a bit about yourself and why you’re interested in health care?

I’m a Pharmacist and have a Master’s Degree in public health with strong clinical experience. I have also worked in various healthcare systems around the world.

I’ve had a professional career and have also volunteered. However, over the last four years I’ve been the primary carer for my twin daughters who have a genetic condition.

Wednesday, 8 August, 2018 - 16:30

Working together for change


Healthwatch Camden is part of the wider Healthwatch network, supported by Healthwatch England. Recently I was invited to attend Healthwatch England’s board meeting to talk about our cross-borough work on urgent and emergency care.

Thursday, 2 August, 2018 - 10:56

Our volunteers - out and about in Camden …

PLACE visit at St Pancras Hospital – South wing

Joyce Amoateng, one of our volunteers went on a PLACE visit at the St Pancras Hospital – South wing.

Issues looked at were the general cleanliness and condition, appearance, food, signage, dementia assessment and disability assessment.

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.

Tuesday, 31 July, 2018 - 17:35

Our new Projects Officer spoke to people at some of Camden’s summer festivals


Liz Walker, our new Projects Officer was out and about this summer meeting local people and talking to them about health and social care in Camden.

Liz attended the Somerstown Festival on 14 July and the Camden Mela on the 15. Every summer we attend lots of local events and festivals around the Camden borough so that we can meet local people and get their views on health and social care services in Camden.

Tuesday, 31 July, 2018 - 15:45

Our youth report is in the local newspaper!

You may remember that April 23-27 was the week of our social media campaign with students from William Ellis School and LaSWAP six form centre.

Last week our campaign was mentioned in the local newspaper - Hampstead & Highgate Express. See the article here.  

Tuesday, 31 July, 2018 - 14:48

Our Community Forum and the launch of our annual report

On 26 June 2018 we hosted our Community Forum and public board meeting at the St Pancras & Somers Town Living Centre. We also launched our latest annual report.  

Healthwatch Camden holds the Community Forum each year focusing on local issue relating to health and social care issues. We aim to improve the quality of local ‘voice’ input on public policy developments in order to create opportunities for informed decision-making.

Wednesday, 27 June, 2018 - 13:59

Have you seen our latest annual report?


At our Community Forum on 26 June, we launched our annual report for 2017 / 18. It’s also our fifth anniversary and we’ve come a long way!

This years’ theme was ‘Making an impact’. Every change we’ve helped to bring about in health and social care started with a story from someone who uses services.

Examples of our impact:

Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 15:42

Meeting the Accessible Information Standard: Healthwatch Camden organises Practical Support Visits for Camden’s GPs


Local visually impaired, d/Deaf and people with learning disabilities told us they face difficulties if GPs do not meet their communication support needs. 

So we talked with patients in focus groups and one-to-one interviews. We published a report including recommendations for action which are in line with the new Accessible Information Standard (AIS) which came into force in July 2016.

Monday, 23 April, 2018 - 18:17

Join the conversation on our social media campaign with William Ellis School and LaSWAP 6th form consortium!


Students at William Ellis and LaSWAP sixth form consortium rated the three most important issues that they want support on by schools and health professionals as: drugs, body image and school workload. (Links to videos highlighted in pink).

Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 - 20:14

PLACE visit at the Royal Free hospital

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.