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Monday, 19 December, 2016 - 12:28

Good wishes to you for 2017 from the Healthwatch Camden team!

We’re coming to the end of 2016, and celebrating Christmas with our friends in our new base in Somers Town Community Association. We’re getting really excited about the opening of the Somers Town & St Pancras Town Living Centre, at the beginning of January. 

Monday, 19 December, 2016 - 12:26

Our office opening times over Christmas and the New Year 2016

Healthwatch Camden will close on 21 December at 12 noon, we will open again on the 3 January 2017.

If you need to a contact health or social care provider over the festive season here are some useful contacts. Read here.

Wishing you all a great festive season and an even better 2017! 

Monday, 19 December, 2016 - 12:22

Message from Healthwatch Camden Director – Frances Hasler

We were really pleased to hear a parliamentary debate in the House of Lords about the role of Healthwatch, and even more pleased when one peer, Baroness Masham, specifically mentioned Healthwatch Camden, she said:

“I want to tell noble Lords about a positive project. Independent Age, a voluntary organisation, has joined with Healthwatch Camden. Independent Age has developed a quality assessment for care homes based on the things that older people and their families want and need.

Wednesday, 30 November, 2016 - 15:57

A taste of our Community Engagement work

Healthwatch Camden wants to make sure that planning of our health and social care services includes people from all communities and ages.

To this end, Shelly Khan, our Community Engagement Manager is on the steering group of the Social Participation Pilot which works on BME mental health around the challenges and opportunities for BME mental health engagement and behaviour change.

The Social Participation Pilot is working on three key areas:

○      Black men - Barber Footy Competition – promoting healthy minds and tackling stigma.

Wednesday, 30 November, 2016 - 15:35

We conducted workshops and focus groups on Health inequalities

During October Healthwatch Camden organised a workshop with the Race Equality Foundation, called ‘How can you help to address health inequalities?’ Shelly Khan our Community Engagement Manager attended the workshop.

Local planning of health and social care services should include people from all communities so that services meet our community’s needs. Healthwatch Camden wants to reduce inequalities so we make sure that we speak to members of our community who feel that their voice is not being heard.

Wednesday, 30 November, 2016 - 15:26

We conducted ‘enter and views’ in older people’s care homes

During October and November we conducted ‘enter and views’ in Camden’s seven care homes for older people. We worked with national charity Independent Age to test their new 10 Quality Indicators for care homes and also had invaluable help from our volunteers.

The views of people living in residential care often go unheard in the delivery of our health and social care services, so we’ve made it one of our priorities to make sure that they and their carers’ have a say.

Wednesday, 30 November, 2016 - 15:08

Annual General Meeting and Community Forum

On Monday 21 November 2016 we held our Annual General Meeting and Community Forum at the Arlington Centre. It was well attended and included our staff and board of Directors.

The event provided an opportunity for Healthwatch Camden to hear from our stakeholders and from the local community. We were pleased to welcome and introduce our new trustees, Jessica Warne and Sanjay Ganvir who are an invaluable addition to our team.

Wednesday, 30 November, 2016 - 14:06

Have your say!

We’re working with the older people’s charity ‘Independent Age’ to produce reports that people can use to find out more about the quality of care homes in Camden. We’re keen to hear what you think of our new reports - your voice can have real influence.

We want to know if you think that our reports answer the questions you have about care homes. Tell us what you like and dislike, we want to hear the good bits and what you think can be improved. There’s a £20 Love2Shop voucher for everyone who takes part.

Wednesday, 30 November, 2016 - 13:27

Message from Frances Hasler - Healthwatch Camden Director

As we mentioned in a recent blog, the NHS is working on Sustainability and Transformation Plans. These have ambitious aims of improving everyone’s health, improving the quality of services and stopping the cost of healthcare from going up. So local health leaders (and some local government leaders) have been getting together to make a plan.

Friday, 14 October, 2016 - 12:53

New office

This is our first blog in a while. That’s because we have been settling in to our new office in Ossulston Street, at the Somers Town Community Association. We are enjoying the excellent cappuccinos served in the café here, and getting to know our new area, which includes the food stalls at Kings Cross and the market in Chalton Street, as well as the fancy shops in St Pancras International station.