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Tuesday, 31 July, 2018 - 14:48

Our Community Forum and the launch of our annual report

On 26 June 2018 we hosted our Community Forum and public board meeting at the St Pancras & Somers Town Living Centre. We also launched our latest annual report.  

Healthwatch Camden holds the Community Forum each year focusing on local issue relating to health and social care issues. We aim to improve the quality of local ‘voice’ input on public policy developments in order to create opportunities for informed decision-making.

Wednesday, 27 June, 2018 - 13:59

Have you seen our latest annual report?


At our Community Forum on 26 June, we launched our annual report for 2017 / 18. It’s also our fifth anniversary and we’ve come a long way!

This years’ theme 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:

Tuesday, 26 June, 2018 - 15:42

Meeting the Accessible Information Standard: Healthwatch Camden organises Practical Support Visits for Camden’s GPs


Local visually impaired, d/Deaf and people with learning disabilities told us they face difficulties if GPs do not meet their communication support needs. 

So we talked with patients in focus groups and one-to-one interviews. We published a report including recommendations for action which are in line with the new Accessible Information Standard (AIS) which came into force in July 2016.

Monday, 23 April, 2018 - 18:17

Join the conversation on our social media campaign with William Ellis School and LaSWAP 6th form consortium!


Students at William Ellis and LaSWAP sixth form consortium rated the three most important issues that they want support on by schools and health professionals as: drugs, body image and school workload. (Links to videos highlighted in pink).

Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 - 20:14

PLACE visit at the Royal Free hospital

Robert Sumerling, a member of our board recently went on a PLACE visit at the Royal Free hospital. He visited the Radiotherapy Clinic, Postnatal ward and Men’s renal ward where they looked at cleanliness and condition.

Our volunteers go to PLACE visits at local hospitals every year to provide the patient perspective on whether the healthcare environment provides privacy and dignity. Staff at the hospitals are positive and welcoming.

Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 - 19:53

We presented at the Health and Wellbeing board

On Tuesday 13 March, our board member Sarah Cawthra gave a resident's presentation at the Health and Wellbeing Board meeting (where she represents us). She talked about how difficult it is for someone with several existing conditions to keep active and maintain a healthy weight.

Our board members live in Camden and often present at meetings in the local community. They also attend meetings with local organisations so that they can listen to what service users think of Camden’s Health and social care provision – where they’re doing well and where they can improve.  

Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 - 15:08

Message from Frances Hasler - Healthwatch Camden Director

We are launching our new five year strategic plan this month. We have existed since 2013 and in that time we have covered many topics.

We highlighted the experience of parents of disabled children. We commented on variation in GP services. We focused on equality, looking at the experience of disabled people and people from BMER communities.

Wednesday, 28 March, 2018 - 19:05

Have you seen us on Instagram yet?


We’re now on Instagram, follow us to see photos of us out in the local community, listening on local people’s views on health and social care in Camden.

Every voice counts when it comes to shaping the future of health and social care. We aim to give a powerful voice to local families, children, young people and adults, we’re determined to hear everyone’s views.

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.