Tuesday, 10 March, 2020 - 16:19
Our new Director summarises the views shared with Healthwatch Camden on health, care and the NHS
Arriving from another part of the Healthwatch network, I was already familiar with some of the great work done by Healthwatch Camden.
Since our creation in 2014 our staff and volunteers spoke to thousands of people and helped us publish many reports and recommendations for change.
This has regularly involved quick chats at markets, festivals and shops. But also, in-depth interviews and large-scale surveys on specific topics.
Thursday, 30 January, 2020 - 20:01
It's Young Carers Awareness Day and we’ve pulled together some key information and resources which anyone can use to increase empathy (“not sympathy!”) with Young Carers in the Borough.
When does someone become a Young Carer?
If you know someone who is under 18, who is helping to look after a family member (or friend), because they are:
Tuesday, 10 December, 2019 - 16:04
This is my last blog for Healthwatch Camden, after nearly seven years here I am moving on. I want to welcome my successor, Matthew Parris who joins us from Healthwatch Surrey.
Tuesday, 29 October, 2019 - 12:50
Your Voice Counts
We’ve been analysing what people said in our “Your Voice Counts” survey at community events over the summer. We asked about different aspects of the NHS Long Term Plan.
We found that two topics were dominating people’s concerns: mental health services for young people and the plans for ‘digital first’ primary care services.
So we explored these themes in more detail at our community forum on 8 October, and we’ll be launching projects on both topics over the winter.
Wednesday, 25 September, 2019 - 13:52
Healthwatch Camden often hears anecdotal reports about poor patient experiences of hospital outpatient appointments. We wanted to better understand the patient experience starting with a GP referral right up to the day of the hospital appointment.
Over three weeks in spring 2019, we interviewed patients in the outpatient clinic waiting areas at both the Royal Free Hospital and University College London Hospital (UCLH).
Wednesday, 11 September, 2019 - 15:49
We’re in the latest Greenwood centre newsletter. The centre is Camden’s new home for day services and the borough’s first Centre for Independent living.
The article highlights the impact of our collaboration with Camden Disability Action to evaluate how accessible Camden's community centres are for people with a disability.
Wednesday, 14 August, 2019 - 13:22
Our trustee Sarah was recently featured on UCL’s Public Engagement Blog. The blog was created to help UCL share stories of successful public engagement, raise questions and invite collaboration. See Sarah’s blog post here.
Wednesday, 10 July, 2019 - 13:44
June 1 -7 is Volunteers’ Week. To thank our volunteers for the hard work and time they contribute we hosted an event at our offices in the Greenwood centre.
Volunteers help us to get more local people’s voices heard on health and social care provision in Camden. We recruit volunteers on a project-to-project basis to make sure that they get the skills and experience they need.
Tuesday, 2 July, 2019 - 17:01
At our board meeting in Public and Community Forum on 2 July we launched our annual report for 2018-19.
This years’ theme was ‘Different voices – stronger voices’. Every change we’ve helped to bring about in health and social care started with listening to someone who uses services.
Examples of our impact include:
Tuesday, 14 May, 2019 - 15:30
For our Impact of Food Poverty Project we asked the Felix Project their views on how food poverty and waste can be tackled. Find out what they’re doing in this guest blog post.
Children’s Food Initiatives
At the Felix Project we have twin objectives; to reduce the scandalous levels of food waste and to address the equally concerning levels of hunger and food poverty. Increasingly, we are working with partner charities and schools and turning our attention to child food poverty.