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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 the former 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.

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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.

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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.
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Clarice Borges

Clarice Borges comes from a business background, having worked in over 10 countries over the past 17 years, both in corporate as well as strategy consultancy roles, with a focus on operational excellence and change.

She is the daughter of a social worker and has always been passionate about improving the communities she's lived in. She is particularly interested in mental health and child/young people's issues. She has lived in London now for over 10 years and holds a MBA from London Business School. 

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Keith Morgan

Keith Morgan grew up in New Addington, Croydon and started his career there as a Youth Worker.

Prior to joining Young Camden Foundation, he spent two years as the Head of the Cabinet Office, London Borough of Camden.

Before that, he worked in the Council’s Strategy service, and led the development of a new integrated model of youth support service delivery based on identifying and offering support to young people with additional support needs as early as possible.

Keith was instrumental in setting up the Young Camden Foundation, and worked behind the scenes to develop the strategic direction, governance, and member and partner engagement plan.

Keith likes to keep busy and volunteers as a Community Referral Panel Member, and is Governor of St. Luke’s Primary School, Westminster.

For his sins, Keith is an avid Arsenal fan.

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Louise Jones

Louise Jones is a medical doctor.  For 10 years she led an academic team at UCL funded by the national charity Marie Curie which studied care towards the end of life for people of all ages with all types of illness. 

Using both qualitative and quantitative methods her team were particularly interested in the needs of people with dementia, liver and kidney failure, and those whose needs are often overlooked such as these who are homeless as well as children. 

Her many publications include discussions of health and social care service delivery, the economics of care, and the lived experience of people with life threatening and life limiting illnesses and their families. 

Studies have reported on the needs of people receiving services in primary, secondary and tertiary care including care homes and hospices. Louise has lived in Camden for 35 years.  Previously she was trustee of a local charity providing services to young people in Gospel Oak (1993-2008). 

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Paul Webley

Paul grew up in Liverpool and has been living in Islington since the 1980s.

He has been working at Age UK Camden since 2010, he is currently the Manager of the Information and Advice Team that provides support for residents aged 55+ across Camden.  He has worked on various projects at Age UK Camden which includes working very closely with the older LBGT+ community, people aged 75+ with multiple health issues who are unable to leave their own home, older people living with memory loss and dementia, as well as the general population and the issues they face as they age.

He has a keen interest in the more vulnerable in society getting their voices heard and their needs met.

Paul was a palliative carer for 10 years before joining Age UK Camden and this has given him a vast experience of the issues that people face trying to access the Health and Social Care that is right for them.

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Shahnaz Ahmed

Shahnaz Ahmed is a community worker in Camden. She works very closely with older people, working towards improving their mental and physical wellbeing. She tries to reduce social isolation by organising various activities to keep the elderly engaged in the community.

Shahnaz has been working with the NHS for over a decade now; initially with the Camden and Islington NHS Trust, and later with the Central and North West London NHS Trust as a medical interpreter and translator. She has worked directly with mental health services, GPs, hospitals, children’s services and numerous other NHS services.

Working with both health services and the local community means that Shahnaz is deeply passionate about providing the best care for patients, especially regarding mental health. She hopes to make connections with members of the local community who do not have the means to reach out for themselves, or who are not aware of the services available to them.

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John Hoar

John Hoar joined Healthwatch Camden in 2019 while working with a local housing association. John's background is primarily in inpatient psychiatric care. He spent 20 years building and helping to manage a private psychiatric provider that provided much needed additional capacity to the NHS. He had many operational roles and ended his career with this organisation as the Commercial Director. John enjoys spending time on his allotment and also enjoys making ceramics at his home studio.