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Wednesday, 7 November, 2018 - 17:10

Message from Frances Hasler - Healthwatch Camden Director

Part of Healthwatch Camden’s role is to promote ways that people can have a direct say in the health and social care services they use, through co-designing services and co-producing new ways of providing support. So we were really pleased to be asked to get involved in the council’s Advisory Group on Community Impacts.

Wednesday, 7 November, 2018 - 16:57

Have you seen our Easy Read Annual Report 2017-18?

Every year we issue our annual report in Easy Read format. Take a look at this years’ here.

This year was our fifth anniversary and the theme of the annual report 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 include:

Monday, 5 November, 2018 - 13:21

Do you want to be a PLACE volunteer?

We need two more volunteers to join our PLACE assessment team.

Our volunteers go to PLACE visits at local hospitals every year to provide a patient perspective. You’ll go into a local hospital as part of a team to assess how the environment supports patients’ privacy and dignity. You’ll also look at things like food, cleanliness and general building maintenance.

Our volunteers are given guidance on which areas to look at and how to rate the hospital, but you’ll also have a chance to input your own ideas.

Tuesday, 30 October, 2018 - 17:35

We were quoted on the front page of a local newspaper!

The Ham & High local newspaper ran a story on the Royal Free hospital. They asked our Director Frances Hasler to comment on the story which was about the Trust’s £66m backlog of crucial repairs.

 To see the front page article click here.

Monday, 29 October, 2018 - 14:21

We attended the Camden Health and Wellbeing Board meeting

On 16 October 2018, our board member Sarah Cawthra attended Camden’s Health and Wellbeing board meeting.

We have a seat on the Health and Wellbeing board, this means that we can influence how services work together.

We also have influence with the Care Quality Commission, the Clinical Commissioning Group and central government.

Our ambition is to achieve the best health and social care services that are shaped by local needs.

Every voice in Camden counts which is why we are always at meetings and events listening to what local people have to say.

Monday, 29 October, 2018 - 13:23

Thanks to those who attended our AGM and community discussion

On Tuesday 23 October, 6pm to 8pm we held our AGM and community discussion. Healthwatch Camden staff and board members were joined by local people at the Living Centre.

We wanted to hear local people’s views on outpatient referrals and appointments as well as air pollution. These two issues are a priority for us in the coming year. We hosted round tables and asked people how each issue affected them or someone they know.

Monday, 8 October, 2018 - 15:44

We came second in two awards at the national Healthwatch conference!

 

Each year Healthwatch England takes the opportunity to showcase outstanding examples of where local Healthwatch have gone above and beyond to ensure that local people receive the health and care that they need and deserve.

This year there were 170 entries from across England. We entered under two categories: Helping people have their say and Improving health and social care.

Helping people have their say

Monday, 8 October, 2018 - 13:45

Guest blog post - Oliver Greene, Chair of Camden Disability Action (CDA)

The joint venture between Healthwatch and Camden Disability Action was indeed a worthwhile exercise.

In visiting the Community Centres and evaluating how accessible they were, for people with a wide variety of disabilities, was of immense help both to Healthwatch Camden, CDA and the London Borough of Camden.

My background is in construction, and therefore having been a site agent for many years, it meant I had a great knowledge in relation to buildings and the appropriate regulations that are in place regards to accessibility.

Tuesday, 25 September, 2018 - 15:39

Guest bloggers: Professor Fares Haddad, (UCLH) and Rob Hurd,Chief Executive (RNOH)

 

Our guest bloggers for this month are Fares Haddad, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at University College Hospital, London (UCLH) and Rob Hurd, the Chief Executive of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH).  They are both leading a review of orthopaedic care in the area.

Monday, 24 September, 2018 - 18:11

Helping people have a say - St Pancras Hospital Redevelopment Proposal

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust are proposing the move of in-patient beds from St Pancras Hospital to a new, purpose built unit in Highgate. There is no plan to reduce the number of beds — just to move their location.