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Local Healthwatch offices are required by the Health and Social Care Act to be the voice of local people in the design and provision of health and social care services.

An agreed model of governance is used by Healthwatch offices.

A small, lean and strategic board has the responsibility for overseeing the delivery of yearly priorities and focus. The local community helps shape these priorities by communicating their needs and concerns with their local Healthwatch.

Healthwatch Camden is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.  This means that:

  • Governing body members are selected according to an agreed skills profile;
  • Eight to ten governing board members is the maximum number we can have at any time;
  • The board also has the option of co-opting other people with specific skills to serve on the board for an agreed period of time. 

Saloni Thakrar

 

Saloni is the Chair of our board. She is a pharmacist with a US Doctorate (Pharm D.), a current UK pharmacy licence, a Masters in Public Health and strong clinical experience. Saloni also has extensive experience of working in different healthcare systems around the world, both in a voluntary and professional capacity.

Saloni has also worked in the NHS in East London with a medicines management team.

Saloni is currently the co-chair of Camden Patient Public Engagement Group (CPPEG). She has a strong interest in improving public health systems and is passionate about the quality and safety of patients. She is particularly interested in ensuring that patients are heard and have a strong voice in the services that impact them, and ideally in their design.

Pam Hibbs

Pam has worked for 45 years in the NHS, mostly in the hospitals in the East End of London apart for a period of three years working as a Health Visitor in rural Berkshire. Following retirement, she worked for five years with the Inspector of Prisons looking at the Health Care needs of the prisoners. Also during this period she worked withthe General Medical Council sitting on the Fitness to Practice Committee.

For some time, Pam was the Chairman fo Counsel and Care before the charity was incorporated into Independent age. At this time she was also the Chairman of St Joseph's Hospice until 2012. Pam has lived in Camden since 1976.

Sarah Hoyle

Sarah has worked with communities across London for the last 20 years. In 2009 she set up Together We Create, a charity which works with local people to run small scale projects to help them improve their neighbourhoods.

She has worked with a number of different organisations varying from housing associations to local councils, large scale arts organisations to residents associations. She is currently running a project designed to reduce loneliness and isolation for older people living in St Pancras and Somers Town.

She has an MA in Film and Visual Arts and is studying part time for her PhD; researching communities, audience and film.

Sanjay Ganvir

Sanjay's been a practicing Community Pharmacist for 20 years and is now a Director at Green Light Pharmacy which has 2 pharmacies in Camden. Green Light is a socially responsible employee owned company that is very active with the local voluntary sector and is a founding member of a collaboration of local voluntary groups - the West Euston Healthy Living Partnership.

Sanjay is also an Honorary Lecturer at University College London and sits on several local education and health groups as well as being the chair of the local community pharmacy representative body.

He is passionate that patient centred and empathetic care is delivered by all health care professionals in the NHS. Also that the voices of the local population of Camden are heard and acted upon by practitioners and commissioners of healthcare.

Robert Sumerling

Robert has lived in Camden since the 1980s and in his mainstream legal career worked with hospitals, doctors, midwives and nurses. 

For 12 years he was on the Mental Health Tribunal and also worked as a non-executive director on various NHS boards in North London. That experience enables him to support Camden service users through Healthwatch Camden. He is particularly keen to champion young peoples' access to mental health services.