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Thursday, 25 April, 2019 - 13:37

We're on the BBC and in the newspapers!

On 30 April our Food Poverty social media campaign launches. It runs until 13 May. 

The Evening Standard mentioned our Food Poverty project and the research we did for it. See the  article here

The Camden New Journal cited Frances Hasler talking about Food Poverty at an April meeting. See the article here

Tuesday, 23 April, 2019 - 12:56

Message from Frances Hasler - Healthwatch Camden Director

I was pleased to be asked to speak at Camden Council’s April meeting, which included a themed debate on Health inequalities. 

I explained that part of Healthwatch Camden’s remit is being a member of Camden’s Health and Wellbeing Board. It means that tackling health inequalities is a core part of our work. Currently we are part of the Board’s initiative to develop citizen led neighbourhood approaches to wellbeing, being piloted in the West of the borough.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2019 - 12:44

Our Last Phase of Life project

The Last Phase of Life (LPoL) was a collaborative piece of work we did working across the five boroughs in North London (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington). The work is part of the North London Partners Sustainability and Transformation Plan.  

A deep-seated unwillingness to talk about death generally has meant that finding out the needs and wishes of dying people and their carers’ and then to translate these needs into practice, is not easy.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2019 - 12:35

Follow us on Instagram!

We’re now on Instagram, follow us to see photos of us out in the local community, listening on local peopl

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.