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Wednesday, 13 March, 2019 - 19:33

Message from Frances Hasler - Healthwatch Camden Director

 

Healthwatch Camden recently moved to new offices at the Greenwood Centre , an ambitious mixed-use building in the centre of the borough. 

Wednesday, 13 March, 2019 - 19:29

Volunteers are our lifeblood

Every voice counts when it comes to the provision of our health and social care services. To this end we’ve recruited a team of volunteers from UCL to help us get local people’s views at events and on projects over the coming months.

This month we started inductions with the volunteers. They’ve chosen which projects they’re working on which include the referrals project, Food Poverty and many more.

By volunteering with us you can give something back to the community and develop new skills. We recruit volunteers on a project-by-project basis.

Wednesday, 13 March, 2019 - 19:22

Guest Blog post by Alessandra Giuliani - NW3 Green School Runs

Let's rewind to September 2018. Schools reopen in NW3 and, while many parents breathe a sigh of relief after weeks of seeing their children a little too much (just joking of course!), they also start breathing in a lot more pollution, especially during school run hours. Plus, after weeks of free flowing traffic, they notice that the lovely Hampstead roads are once again brought to a standstill many times a day.

These realisations moved a group of local parents to action, and NW3 Green School Runs was born. 

Wednesday, 13 March, 2019 - 18:23

Healthwatch Camden: Impact of Food Poverty social media project

We’ve started work on our new project looking at the impact of food Poverty. It’s a social media project launching at the end of next month. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so that you don’t miss out on it!

Wednesday, 13 March, 2019 - 17:33

Healthwatch Camden Housing and Health March Roundtable

Local leaders for health, housing and the voluntary sector came together on 1st March at a High Level Round Table on Health and Housing, hosted by Healthwatch Camden.

The discussion was prompted by a new Healthwatch Camden report which explores the role played by poor or insecure housing on the health of local residents. Five themes emerged from interviews with residents:

One - housing issues in Camden are contributing to high levels of stress and anxiety which are detrimental to mental health.

Wednesday, 16 January, 2019 - 11:37

Referrals – how was the journey between your GP and your hospital outpatient appointment?

This spring we’ll be starting a new project about outpatient referrals. Local people have told us there is sometimes confusion and delay between a GP referral and getting a specialist outpatient appointment at hospital.

We’re planning to survey patients who are waiting to see specialists at the Royal Free Hospital and at UCLH. We also want to hear from anyone who’s recently been referred by a GP so that we can learn more about these experiences. If you are interested in helping us with this work there are two ways you can get involved. 

Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 - 14:01

Healthwatch Camden Board meeting in Public

Save the date: Tuesday 29th January 2019 - 6pm-8pm.

On Tuesday 29 January 2019, Sir Robert Francis, Chair of Healthwatch England and a resident of Camden will be joining us at our meeting in public. We’ll be at our new offices in Greenwood Place, Kentish Town and members of the public are welcome to join us.

With 152 local teams, supported by over 5,000 volunteers, the Healthwatch network has built links with communities right across the country. It’s also successfully established itself as an integral part of the health and social care system.

Tuesday, 15 January, 2019 - 13:32

Message from Frances Hasler - Healthwatch Camden Director

New year, new plan

The Long Term Plan for the NHS was published on 7 January.

The key ingredients in the plan are:

Monday, 14 January, 2019 - 13:00

Our new offices at the Greenwood centre and guided tours

We’re settling into our new offices at the Greenwood centre in Kentish Town. It’s a new year and we’re keen to continue working with local service users and residents to get the best out of our local health and social care services.

We’re also looking forward to our next meeting in public on 29 January which will be held at our new workplace. Sir Robert Francis, Chair of Healthwatch England and a Camden resident will be joining us.

Thursday, 10 January, 2019 - 12:31

Guest blog post - Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society

Free weekly Food waste prevention hands-on nutrition and cooking classes at Somers Town Community Association with Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society.

Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society are new residents at Somerstown Community Association (STCA) thanks to introductions made by Tom Baines, economic development officer  at Camden Council and the support of Executive Director Sarah Elie MBE and Operations Manager Jodie Allen.