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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.

Tuesday, 18 July, 2017 - 15:24

Healthwatch Camden reports on dental care service provision

In June we issued a report on dental service provision in Camden. It’s called ‘Accessing dental services in Camden: experiences of local people.’

Part of our remit is to make sure that local people help to shape health and social care services so that the diverse needs of our community is met.

We found out that local people are experiencing barriers to accessing dental care in Camden.

Tuesday, 18 July, 2017 - 14:50

Changes on Healthwatch Camden board

On 26 June, Healthwatch Camden said ‘goodbye’ to our founding chair, Connie Smith.

We also welcomed our new chair of trustees, Saloni Thakrar.

We were sorry to lose Connie, who is stepping down after four very successful years, and pleased that she will be returning to us as a volunteer.

Trustees and staff were delighted to welcome Saloni to replace her, we know she will bring energy, creativity and commitment to the leadership of Healthwatch Camden.  

Monday, 17 July, 2017 - 17:24

South End Green Festival

On June 25 Lindy Maqhubela our Communications Manager and Anna Wright, our Deputy Director and Policy Lead manned a stall at the South End Green Festival. They were joined by our enthusiastic volunteers.

Part of our remit is to sign post people to suitable health and social care services in Camden, so we got the chance to hand out leaflets about us and our role and also chatted with lots of local people.

As usual we got feedback via our ‘Your Voice Counts’ survey which is an opportunity for local people to let their voices be heard on services provided.

Wednesday, 7 June, 2017 - 16:14

“Social prescribing” – a holistic approach to health, by Frances Hasler

Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.


Because our health is affected by our social circumstances, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.


Wednesday, 31 May, 2017 - 18:09

Healthwatch Camden - Community Conversation and AGM

Monday 26 June 2017 is the date of our Community Conversation and AGM. Local people, community and voluntary organisations are invited. Join the conversation on health and social care provision in Camden. We’ll also be launching our annual report so you’ll get an idea of what we’ve been up to.


The venue is:

St Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre

2 Ossulston Street




Time: 4.15pm – 7.30pm


Speakers include:

Wednesday, 31 May, 2017 - 17:45

Camden Dementia Awareness Week 2017

On Monday 15 May we attended the Camden Dementia Awareness Week Conference and Bazaar at the London Canal Museum. Victoria, our Project Officer, gave out information outlining what we do and how we can help people with dementia and their carers’ get their voices heard in the provision of services.

Wednesday, 31 May, 2017 - 17:38

Volunteer week 1-7 June

This years’ Volunteer Week is on 1-7 June. We want to thank all the fantastic volunteers who’ve helped us at community events and our stalls around Camden.

Friday, 12 May, 2017 - 17:44

Message from Healthwatch Camden Director - Frances Hasler

April signaled the start of a new work year for Healthwatch Camden. This will be our fifth year, so we are no longer the new kids on the block, we are an established part of the landscape in Camden. Yet nothing stays still, and we know we always have to work to stay relevant and to stay effective.

So we will be redoubling our work to reach more of Camden’s residents and to make sure that what we do is based on what is important to people who use Camden’s health and social care services.

Wednesday, 10 May, 2017 - 15:11

We’re looking for a new Chairperson

Healthwatch Camden is looking for a Camden resident to lead our board of trustees.

The new Chair will replace our founding Chair who is stepping down after four successful years.

We want someone with insight and energy to champion the voice of local people in health and social care services in Camden. To find out more, please download a copy of the role description here