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09/04/2018

Project Officer 28 hours a week, £24,240 pa

To support the range of our work, helping to manage the progress of projects, including analysing research results and supporting volunteer input.

This is a varied role, in a small and lively team. It offers scope for development, with opportunities to lead on specific items of work. Healthwatch Camden is an independent organisation, working to ensure that local people get a say in the health and social care services they use. We are looking for someone who understands the ways that service user voice can be used to shape and improve services; who can relate to the diverse population in Camden; who understands the contribution volunteers can make to projects; who has experience of research, preferably in an area of social policy; who can manage process, with good attention to detail; who wants to take responsibility; who can work flexibly; and above all who wants to make a difference for the people of Camden.

For more details of the role, please look at the job description

To apply, please send us your CV together with a supporting statement setting out how you meet the requirements of the post.  We prefer to receive applications by e mail – addressed to jobs@healthwatchcamden.co.uk.

Please also complete the equal opportunities monitoring form  and return it to the same address.

The closing date for applications is 4 May 2018. Interviews will be the week commencing 14th May.

If you need further information about this role, please contact Frances Hasler (Director)

via email at frances.hasler@healthwatch.co.uk or via telephone – 020 7383 2402.

06/04/2018

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month 2018

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives which is why Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer are using Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to focus on bowel cancer symptoms. Being aware of the key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis.

06/04/2018

VAC Weekly Newsletter 6th April 2018 

News  |  Funding  |  VAC Events  |  Other Events  |  Jobs & Volunteers  |  Offers & Resources

Highlights: Make Camden Age Friendly; New Project Opportunity for BAME Older People; Social Prescribing and the Mayor's Strategy; Maiden Lane Jobs Fair; Pride in Care; Camden PPG + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs and volunteering + more 

 

27/03/2018

The last day to register to vote is on 17 April 2018.

Mental health patients, including those, detained under the Mental Health Act, have the same right to vote as the general population. The film features the viewpoints of existing patients and staff, highlighting the need for better advice and support about who can and cannot vote.

27/03/2018

The Camden PNA for 2018 has now been published. Please find the full report [here / below]. The PNA was produced in partnership with the Camden Public Health department, Camden CCG, and the Local Pharmaceutical Committee on behalf of Camden Health and Wellbeing Board.

27/03/2018

New findings from Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer show that more than 8 in 10 hospitals in England are failing to follow clinical guidelines to test all bowel cancer patients at the point of diagnosis for features of Lynch syndrome – a genetic condition that increases the lifetime risk of developing bowel cancer to up to 80%, as well as many other cancers. 

21/03/2018

Camden Council is at the early stages of preparing a planning framework for Kentish Town. 

Thanks to those who have already responded and to those who haven’t, there is still time to give your views. We have added a few extra days for you to respond, until Monday 26 March.

15/03/2018

It’s time for Patient Participation Group (PPGs) members in the North Locality to vote: To be eligible to vote in the election, you must be a member of your General Practice PPG, and have attended at least one PPG meeting in the last year (or be part of an online PPG).

To vote: You will have to return a ballot paper to Martin Emery by email or post. All General Practice PPG members will have the chance to vote for the candidates from Thursday 8 March to Friday 6 April. Election Results will be announced on Tuesday 9 April 2018. 

You will find attached nomination statements for the 5 candidates for the 4 vacancies in the North Locality. You will also find the voting slip attached 

The candidates are as follows:

15/03/2018

“Supporting older people with hearing loss in care settings” is available to download from Action on Hearing Loss’s website:

www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/heartocare

The guide, which consists of a guide document and accompanying information sheets, is part of a three year Department of Health funded project working to address hearing loss in longer term care settings for older people.

13/03/2018

Message from Frances Hasler – Healthwatch Camden Director

A dilemma for all local Healthwatch organisations, us included, is how to prioritise what we focus on. There are so many important issues to consider. Should it be poor administration in outpatient departments? Or the way health commissioners are limiting the use of ‘procedures of limited clinical effectiveness’?

The changes in the way that adult social care is working? Or perhaps, the long term changes, including relocating inpatient beds, which are proposed for the St Pancras Hospital site? Changes in community services, including recommissioning a range of advice and befriending schemes? The problems of ambulances getting held up at hospitals? Or last but equally important – the continuing health inequalities across our borough?

Together with the diverse range of services we can look at, we need to think about the diverse range of people who live in Camden and use local services. Should we look at specific population groups such as young people, or disabled people? Are we exploring the experience of people from all parts of the community?

What matters most to local people?

To try to find out …Read more

 

09/03/2018

FATIMA FERNANDES
LAS STAFF SUPPORT AND COUNSELLING MANAGER
SUPPORTING STAFF WHO EXPERIENCE TRAUMA

08/03/2018

Delivered by a Camden GP and Pharmacist

When should I see my GP? - What is the role of a pharmacist, GP and A&E? - How will I know when to go to A&E? - What services are available from my local pharmacy? - How can a pharmacist support me to improve my health? - How to manage long term medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma? - How lifestyle can affect my health?