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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.

We asked attendees to make their voices heard on a number of themes.

The themes were:

1. Young people and mental health

2. Digital Health (apps and online record etc.)

3. Asthma/pollution

4. Outpatient referrals

5. Sexual health services

We also asked them ‘do these matter and why?’

1. Support for Carers

2. A specific care pathway (e.g. for cardiovascular disease)

3. Homelessness/rough sleeping

4. Support for Young Families

The discussions were a success and we got lots of useful feedback. We aim to use the information gathered to decide our yearly priorities.

We want to give children, young people and adults a powerful voice locally in health and social care provision. Every voice counts when it comes to shaping future services, that’s why we want to get as many views as possible from Camden’s diverse community.

If you didn’t get the chance to attend the event and have opinions on the above themes. Please comment below and let your voice be heard.

Annual Report

With regard to the annual report, this year the theme was ‘making an impact’. We detailed our work to date and how we’ve made an impact since our start in 2013.

Highlights included our work on service change at Highgate Mental Health Day Centre, our work with disabled people where we visited Camden’s GP practices to assist them to implement the Accessible Information Standard. Also our youth project with William Ellis School and LaSWAP sixth form centre. We got to hear the young people’s views on health care provision.

Read the annual report to find out more on our achievements to date. Also share your thoughts below on which issues you’d like us to look at in the coming years.