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Friday, 18 December, 2020 - 08:33

Ockenden's silver lining

Our guest blogger, Miles Sibley, one of the founders of Patient Experience Library, argues that the public health and care sector should take patient’s experience evidence just as seriously as any other clinical evidence to further improve their services.

 

Thursday, 10 December, 2020 - 12:00

It’s not too late to get your flu vaccination

Our guest blogger this month is Danielle Lawrence, Public Health Strategist in the Camden and Islington Public Health Team. The flu vaccine is offered every year by the NHS to help protect people at risk of flu and its complications. The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine.

 

Friday, 4 December, 2020 - 17:25

Younger generation want support to cope with financial and mental health impacts of COVID-19

Research suggests that during COVID-19 young people have been feeling more anxious, depressed and uncertain about their future than older generations.

 

Tuesday, 24 November, 2020 - 15:29

Families of children with SEND ‘felt stranded’ during the first lockdown

Our guest blogger this month is Rachel Dixon. Rachel is a mother of a child with autism and a severe learning disability. Rachel also runs the Camden Special Parents Forum where she provides support and resources for families of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

 

Thursday, 19 November, 2020 - 15:34

Older residents say digital healthcare must not be one size fits all

In October 2020, Healthwatch Camden spoke with 23 members of Age UK Camden’s Older Peoples Advisory Group (OPAG). Members of OPAG are 65 years and older. We asked them about their experience of using digital services to access health and social care.

 

Wednesday, 11 November, 2020 - 11:14

Marjorie's Story

Eight Camden residents were invited to participate in the Healthwatch Camden work to collect case studies about life under lockdown. This blog highlights the experiences of Marjorie, an active 84-year-old trying to make the most of lockdown while stuck at home. All names have been changed to protect identities and all participants have given permission for their stories to be published.

Wednesday, 4 November, 2020 - 12:37

Jamila's Story

Eight Camden residents were invited to participate in the Healthwatch Camden work to collect case studies about life under lockdown. Each individual agreed to be interviewed once a week over six weeks so that we could hear whether and how things changed for them as the weeks of lockdown continued.

All names have been changed to protect identities and all participants have given permission for their stories to be published.

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Tuesday, 27 October, 2020 - 10:14

Abreshmina's Story

Eight Camden residents were invited to participate in the Healthwatch Camden work to collect case studies about life under lockdown. This blog highlights the experiences of Harry, a transgender student living in Camden's student halls. All names have been changed to protect identities and all participants have given permission for their stories to be published.

Wednesday, 21 October, 2020 - 13:14

Harry's Story

Eight Camden residents were invited to participate in the Healthwatch Camden work to collect case studies about life under lockdown. This blog highlights the experiences of Harry, a transgender student living in Camden's student halls. All names have been changed to protect identities and all participants have given permission for their stories to be published.

Monday, 21 September, 2020 - 12:35

Ageing of BAME communities during COVID-19

Healthwatch Camden was invited to speak at the national launch of the report ‘Ageing in Place for Minority Ethnic Communities: The importance of social infrastructure’ in August 2020. This national research was developed to explore the types of social infrastructure that people aged 50 and over from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic communities (BAME) use in specific places. As part of this programme, Healthwatch Camden explored the types of social infrastructure that people aged 50 and over from the Bangladeshi community access and to understand how organisations working with ethnic minority groups engaged with older members from their community. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social distancing measures have added increasing pressures to already stretched communities and community services. Our findings highlight the importance of local voluntary organisations working with minority ethnic groups.