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Our blog

Wednesday, 21 March, 2018 - 11:07

Talk to us about your housing and health

We’d like you to tell us what you think of housing and health. We know that poor or insecure housing can contribute to poor physical and mental health, so we want to know if your housing makes it difficult to keep well.

We’re keen to find out how effectively health and wellbeing services in Camden support the needs of people in different types of housing. Whether you live in private rented accommodation, council housing, a housing association home or own your home we’d like to hear from you.

Tell us what would help you to make more use of housing and health services.

Monday, 12 March, 2018 - 17:27

We're offering practical help for Camden’s GP practices

Healthwatch Camden’s offered to visit every GP practice in Camden to help them implement the Accessible Information Standard.

Part of our remit is to make sure that everyone gets equal access to health and social care services in Camden, this is a vital aspect of our work.

The Standard aims to make sure that people who have communication support needs can get information in ways that they can use and understand.

Monday, 12 March, 2018 - 16:58

Keeping up the pressure on dental services

Last June we published a report about Camden’s dentists, based on what we learned from talking to local people. We also spoke to dentists to see the whole picture.

We publish reports because we want to make sure that people who use Camden’s health and social care services get their voices heard when shaping services. We also aim to highlight where health and social care providers are doing well.

Monday, 5 March, 2018 - 17:43

Message from Frances Hasler - Healthwatch Camden Director

A dilemma for all local Healthwatch organisations, us included, is how to prioritise what we focus on. There are so many important issues to consider. Should it be poor administration in outpatient departments? Or the way health commissioners are limiting the use of ‘procedures of limited clinical effectiveness’?

Monday, 5 March, 2018 - 17:23

London Local Dental Committees mentioned us in a response!

The Federation of London Local Dental Committees quoted us on their response to the Mayor’s consultation on health inequality.

This shows that our work is having an impact in the local community.

We did the report because Camden residents told us that they wanted us to look at oral health care and dental services in the borough. We give people the power to improve local services and this is why it’s important to talk to us and have your say.

Tuesday, 9 January, 2018 - 17:23

Message from Frances Hasler - Healthwatch Camden Director

This is our final blog for 2017, so I will start by wishing you all a happy Christmas and New Year.

Over the past year we’re met lots of you in the local community and have enjoyed strong working relationships.

Thank you to all our volunteers, local organisations and communities who have worked with us on various projects. We’re really pleased to have built new relationships including with local schools and our LGBT+ community.

We hope to continue this in 2018.

 

Co-designing urgent care

Monday, 18 December, 2017 - 17:32

Our closing times over the festive season

We want to say big thank you to the volunteers, local community and organisations who’ve supported us over the last twelve months. We look forward to continuing to build our relationships with you in 2018.

Our office closes at midday on Wednesday 20 December for the Christmas and New Year holidays and re-opens on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

If you need to talk to someone on Christmas day there are free phone lines that you can call. For example:

Wednesday, 13 December, 2017 - 16:54

Accessibility and Camden’s community centres – An update

Over the past few months our volunteers have visited all the major community centres in Camden to test how accessible they are for disabled people. They used their own lived experiences and a set of questions developed as a group to look at a wide range of disability issues.

We mentioned in our previous newsletter that we’re working on this with project with Camden Disability Action.

Tuesday, 12 December, 2017 - 18:13

Our interview on care homes for Camden Community radio

Anna Wright our Deputy Director and Policy Lead spoke to Camden Community Radio about our pilot project to assess the quality of Camden’s seven residential care homes. The project has prompted a nationwide conversation with MPs and is now being replicated across England.

Listen to the interview here

See the press release below:

6 November 2017

Tuesday, 12 December, 2017 - 14:33

Our youth social media campaign

We’re working on a social media campaign with young people from William Ellis School and LaSWAP sixth form consortium to find out which health and social care issues are important to them and also how they want to be communicated to especially on social media.

As part of the campaign the young people will direct and produce a video expressing their views.  

It’s important that the organisations who make decisions about local health and social care services, listen to young people’s needs when they are planning services for young people.