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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.

Friday, 14 October, 2016 - 12:52

From our director 'Getting knowledgeable about experience'

This time of year always has a distinct back to school feel about it. And now we are in our new location in South Camden we are surrounded by people who are studying or who are creating knowledge. Indeed, this part of town has been dubbed "the Knowledge Quarter".

Friday, 14 October, 2016 - 12:52

Guest blog

We are really pleased that local MP, Tulip Siddiq, has agreed to be our guest blogger this month. Here is what she has to say:

Friday, 14 October, 2016 - 12:44

Healthwatch Camden news

New work starting 

This autumn sees the start of two new Healthwatch Camden projects. They are very different. One is looking at the experience of older people in residential care homes. The other is talking with young about their experience in their community. But in both cases, the main aim of the work is the same: to make sure that people who use health or social care services get a say in how those services are run.  

Tuesday, 2 August, 2016 - 16:52

Healthwatch attended Castlehaven 30Fest


On Saturday 16th July, Shelly Khan our Community Engagement Manager attended the Castlehaven 30Fest, organised by the Castlehaven Community Association. Local residents young and old attended the event. Healthwatch Camden wants to know what local people think about our health and social care services, that’s why we attend so many community events over the year.