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Wednesday, 4 October, 2017 - 14:24

Your Voice Counts - in Winter

This winter, Healthwatch Camden is going out into the community to find out what is important to local people in terms of Camden’s health and social care service provision.

We'll have stalls, for example in local libraries, supermarkets and college campuses. We want people to tell us the health and social care issues that they think should be prioritised especially over the winter months by service providers.  

Tuesday, 3 October, 2017 - 14:57

How accessible are Camden’s community centres?

Healthwatch Camden and Camden Disability Action are working together to find out how accessible Camden’s community centres are for local residents with disabilities. 

Tuesday, 3 October, 2017 - 13:49

We attended the Cloud Nine Community Heritage Festival

Shelly Khan - our Engagement Manager, attended the Cloud Nine Community Heritage Festival on 16 September 2017 organised by the West Euston Partnership,  

Fantasy High Street and Old Diorama Arts Centre

The festival is a free one day family event celebrating 40 years of arts, architecture and community life in Euston and King’s Cross.

Tuesday, 22 August, 2017 - 12:29

Volunteer opportunity at Healthwatch Camden

We’re looking for a Social Media Officer to come and work in our offices. This is a fantastic opportunity for a student who wants office skills and the chance to manage their own project.

The person will devise an engagement plan for our Facebook page, manage the page and increase engagement. It’s a six month volunteering role with the potential to extend.

Wednesday, 9 August, 2017 - 15:52

Apology to Highgate Day Centre patients issued after Healthwatch Camden report

On 3 August the Camden New Journal online published a story on our Highgate Day Centre – Audio Diary report. In particular highlighting that as a result of our work, health officials offered an apology to service users due to failings in the management of the closure of the service.

Tuesday, 8 August, 2017 - 15:06

Our dental report in The Voice newspaper!

On 7 August 2017 our dental report got featured in The Voice BME newspaper. 

Every voice counts when it comes to the delivery of health and social care services in Camden. 

See the abridged press release here: 

PRESS RELEASE

Healthwatch Camden report finds barriers to dental care service provision

Tuesday, 1 August, 2017 - 18:35

Have your say on what should be available on prescription

The government recently announced plans to cut some prescriptions that it believes patients could simply go out and buy. This includes medicines like eczema cream, eye drops for dry eye or conjunctivitis, scabies treatment and nappy rash cream.

Patient groups have criticised the plans, saying that it would break with the guiding principle that the NHS should be free at the point of use. Likewise, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society raised concerns about how the move might affect the poorest families.  

Saturday, 29 July, 2017 - 18:44

Some community events that we attended this summer

In July Victoria Armitage our Project Officer, attended a couple of local events:

Tuesday, 25 July, 2017 - 18:02

Healthwatch Camden report in the Camden New Journal!

On Thursday 13 July 2017, we were featured in the Camden New Journal on our Highgate Day Centre report.

The Highgate Day Centre is a service for people with mental health needs in Camden. During 2015-16, the service underwent significant changes, some due to resource constraints and also partly in response to changes in thinking around appropriate models for service delivery.

Tuesday, 18 July, 2017 - 17:01

Healthwatch Camden Annual report 2016-17

 

Last month we launched our annual report for 2016 / 17. This year we focused on the ‘power of partnership’. We’ve successfully worked in partnership with local organisations, including working with mental health users on a unique project to record their experiences on changes to their service.

We’re pleased with the partnerships we’ve forged and it will help us to ensure that local people’s voices are stronger in the delivery of health and social care services.