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Monday, 29 October, 2018 - 13:23

Thanks to those who attended our AGM and community discussion

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

We came second in two awards at the national Healthwatch conference!


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

Tuesday, 25 September, 2018 - 15:39

Guest bloggers: Professor Fares Haddad, (UCLH) and Rob Hurd,Chief Executive (RNOH)


Our guest bloggers for this month are Fares Haddad, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at University College Hospital, London (UCLH) and Rob Hurd, the Chief Executive of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH).  They are both leading a review of orthopaedic care in the area.

Monday, 24 September, 2018 - 18:11

Helping people have a say - St Pancras Hospital Redevelopment Proposal

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust are proposing the move of in-patient beds from St Pancras Hospital to a new, purpose built unit in Highgate. There is no plan to reduce the number of beds — just to move their location.

Monday, 24 September, 2018 - 17:21

Our community centres report is in a local newspaper!

Last week one of our joint projects was featured in the Ham & High local newspaper.

Monday, 24 September, 2018 - 16:39

We’re working in partnership with local organisations

We're working in partnership with Camden Council and Camden’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

We want to promote Accessible Information Standard and Deaf Awareness in Camden Practices. 

We aim to break down barriers, so that patients can easily access health services.


Accessible Information Standard (AIS) 

From 1st August 2016 all organisations that provide NHS care and / or publicly-funded adult social care were legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard.

Monday, 24 September, 2018 - 13:57

Message from Frances Hasler - Healthwatch Camden Director

Recently a local resident e-mailed about a consultation event. He pointed out that he was “spoiled for choice” for events on that day – the clinical commissioning group, the mental health trust and the sustainability and transformation partnership were all consulting on different topics.

It is welcome that local NHS bodies are consulting on their plans, however it is hard to keep track of the sheer volume of change. For concerned residents it is hard to know where best to focus attention if they want to influence future services.

Monday, 20 August, 2018 - 12:04

The life of a Healthwatch Camden Chair

In this post we interview Saloni Thakrar, Healthwatch Camden Chair since 2017.


Could you tell us a bit about yourself and why you’re interested in health care?

I’m a Pharmacist and have a Master’s Degree in public health with strong clinical experience. I have also worked in various healthcare systems around the world.

I’ve had a professional career and have also volunteered. However, over the last four years I’ve been the primary carer for my twin daughters who have a genetic condition.

Wednesday, 8 August, 2018 - 16:30

Working together for change


Healthwatch Camden is part of the wider Healthwatch network, supported by Healthwatch England. Recently I was invited to attend Healthwatch England’s board meeting to talk about our cross-borough work on urgent and emergency care.

Thursday, 2 August, 2018 - 10:56

Our volunteers - out and about in Camden …

PLACE visit at St Pancras Hospital – South wing

Joyce Amoateng, one of our volunteers went on a PLACE visit at the St Pancras Hospital – South wing.

Issues looked at were the general cleanliness and condition, appearance, food, signage, dementia assessment and disability assessment.

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.