Tuesday, 18 December, 2018 - 18:06
Au revoir Somers Town, hello again to Kentish Town!
Healthwatch Camden is on the move again. Two years after moving to Somers Town, we’re heading back north to Kentish Town where we started in 2013.
This time we’ll be in a bright new building, the Greenwood Centre. This large multi-purpose centre for disabled people will house a mixture of voluntary sector and public sector services.
We’ll be there along with other partners from the Camden CIL Consortium, working to develop a new model of engagement for disabled people in the borough.
Tuesday, 18 December, 2018 - 16:13
The Department of Health and Social Care recently announced which services will be getting additional capital funds this year.
Wednesday, 7 November, 2018 - 17:10
This is my final blog for 2018. I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season.
It has been great to work with local communities and organisations. We have successfully built on existing relationships and forged new ones. I would like to thank you all for your support and the fantastic collaborations we have completed this past year.
I look forward to continuing to work with you in 2019.
Wednesday, 7 November, 2018 - 16:57
Every year we issue our annual report in Easy Read format. Take a look at this years’ here.
This year was our fifth anniversary and the theme of the annual report was ‘Making an impact’. Every change we’ve helped to bring about in health and social care started with a story from someone who uses services.
Examples of our impact include:
Monday, 5 November, 2018 - 13:21
We need two more volunteers to join our PLACE assessment team.
Our volunteers go to PLACE visits at local hospitals every year to provide a patient perspective. You’ll go into a local hospital as part of a team to assess how the environment supports patients’ privacy and dignity. You’ll also look at things like food, cleanliness and general building maintenance.
Our volunteers are given guidance on which areas to look at and how to rate the hospital, but you’ll also have a chance to input your own ideas.
Tuesday, 30 October, 2018 - 17:35
The Ham & High local newspaper ran a story on the Royal Free hospital. They asked our Director Frances Hasler to comment on the story which was about the Trust’s £66m backlog of crucial repairs.
To see the front page article click here.
Monday, 29 October, 2018 - 14:21
On 16 October 2018, our board member Sarah Cawthra attended Camden’s Health and Wellbeing board meeting.
We have a seat on the Health and Wellbeing board, this means that we can influence how services work together.
We also have influence with the Care Quality Commission, the Clinical Commissioning Group and central government.
Our ambition is to achieve the best health and social care services that are shaped by local needs.
Every voice in Camden counts which is why we are always at meetings and events listening to what local people have to say.
Monday, 29 October, 2018 - 13:23
On Tuesday 23 October, 6pm to 8pm we held our AGM and community discussion. Healthwatch Camden staff and board members were joined by local people at the Living Centre.
We wanted to hear local people’s views on outpatient referrals and appointments as well as air pollution. These two issues are a priority for us in the coming year. We hosted round tables and asked people how each issue affected them or someone they know.
Monday, 8 October, 2018 - 15:44
Each year Healthwatch England takes the opportunity to showcase outstanding examples of where local Healthwatch have gone above and beyond to ensure that local people receive the health and care that they need and deserve.
This year there were 170 entries from across England. We entered under two categories: Helping people have their say and Improving health and social care.
Helping people have their say
Monday, 8 October, 2018 - 13:45
The joint venture between Healthwatch and Camden Disability Action was indeed a worthwhile exercise.
In visiting the Community Centres and evaluating how accessible they were, for people with a wide variety of disabilities, was of immense help both to Healthwatch Camden, CDA and the London Borough of Camden.
My background is in construction, and therefore having been a site agent for many years, it meant I had a great knowledge in relation to buildings and the appropriate regulations that are in place regards to accessibility.