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Police are urging anyone who might know this man to come forward

Police have released a new photo of a man who was found collapsed outside University College Hospital in Camden.


Press release: 23 January 2018

There is no single reason why more detentions are being made under the Mental Health Act than ever before, a review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has concluded.


Big Energy Saving Week runs from 22 to 28 January 2018. It is a national campaign to help people cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.

The week focuses on raising public awareness of how to switch energy supplier or tariff to get the best deal, access discounts and make homes energy efficient. This is the 7th Big Energy Saving Week and is a partnership between Citizens Advice, the Energy Saving Trust and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with the support of numerous organisations, charities and companies.

Use the Citizens Advice price comparison tool to compare prices from different energy suppliers. Call the Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 for energy advice.


Exciting new opportunities for people affected by cancer to shape services

Are you a patient or carer affected by cancer? Would you like to join us to help shape cancer services and improve early diagnosis across our region?

UCLH Cancer Collaborative is currently recruiting for patients and carers who would like to be involved in a number of exciting opportunities. These include innovative projects for early diagnosis, measuring quality of life after treatment, and looking at driving improvements in patient experience and outcomes for care pathways for specific cancer types.

You must be committed to working collaboratively and broadly representing the diverse views and needs of people affected by cancer. Participation in other cancer networks and people with links to community groups is considered really helpful.


Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: A consultation on guidance for CCGs

NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and NHS England have launched a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns.

In the year prior to June 2017, the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets such as supermarkets.

(Please see attached summary of Healthwatch Camden's survey for the previous 'over the counter medicines' ​consultation which ran during summer 2017, 'Items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: A Consultation on guidance for CCG's', ​which contributed to a further Healthwatch England survey).



6 weeks to go until the consultation closes and we want to make sure you have chance to respond.

Improving support for children and young people’s mental health is a top priority for this government. This green paper on children and young people’s mental health aims to ensure that those who need it are able to access the right help for their mental health, in the right place and at the right time. It focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, particularly in or linked to schools and colleges.  

We welcome all responses to the consultation including from those who have experience of mental ill-health or know someone close to them who has such experience. The consultation focuses on how the proposals in the green paper will be implemented. 

This consultation has 21 questions. However, you do not have to answer all of them. Only answer those questions you want to or those which are relevant to you. 

You can save your responses and return to complete the survey at any time. The survey will be open for 13 weeks, in alignment with Cabinet Office guidance, and will close at noon on 2 March 2018.

You can read the full green paper document here for further details.



NHS England launched a new campaign to promote the NHS 111 service as an access point of urgent care.

Research has shown that public awareness of NHS 111 is high and it is still increasing, as the service connects people with appropriate medical care when they urgently need it, 24 hours a day.

The new campaign will run for eight weeks, with a focus on groups most likely to attend A&E when they could be treated elsewhere, either through NHS 111 or by another NHS service within the urgent and emergency care system.


Public statement on PrEP Impact Trial

Recruitment for the PrEP Impact Trial has gone extremely well at CNWL’s Mortimer Market Centre and Archway Centre. Since the trial began in Autumn 2017, more than 400 patients have been enrolled onto the trial at the two clinics.

Our PrEP Impact Trial Enrolment appointments are now fully booked for January 2018. PrEP Impact Trial Enrolment appointments in February will be opened on Monday 22 January 2018.



Personalisation Support in Camden PSiC): Provides support for all service users who receive Direct Payments from Camden Social Services or who receive Personal Health Budgets from the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

PSiC can help in a number of areas, click on the buttons below to find out more information about recruitment, referring and useful documents and resources. 

  • Information for Professionals & Partners

  • Direct Payments for Children & Families

  • Direct Payments for Adults

  • Payroll Information

  • Recruiting a Personal Assistant

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Camden 2025 is a plan that the council, local organisations, community groups, residents and partners can all work towards to make Camden a better place to live by 2025, and it will set out the borough’s updated priorities from 2018 up to 2025

There’s a number of events going on across the Borough where we’d like to hear your ideas on what Camden should be like in 2025. Meet local councillors and staff from the council, and find out what other local residents are saying.



Hampstead Community Centre

11th January, 6.30 - 8:30pm

Highgate Newtown Community Centre

15th January, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Kingsgate Community Association

16th January, 2:30 - 5pm

Queens Crescent Community Association

18th January, 10:30 - 1 pm



Promoting awareness of medicines that can harm mental health

Are you feeling down or anxious? or is someone close to you causing concern due to changed behaviour?

Commonly used medicines and anaesthetics can cause psychiatric adverse drug reactions (ADRs) or withdrawal effects including: experiencing anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, nightmares, depression, agitation, self-harming, paranoia, suicidal or aggressive thoughts and actions.

APRIL (Adverse Psychiatric Reactions Information Link) is a UK charity promoting improved medical education and NHS support for those vulnerable to, or suffering from adverse drug reactions (ADRs,) dependence or withdrawal effects.

Video About APRIL 


The Department for Education is considering how to update the existing Sex and Relationship guidance which, was last updated in 2000, and is therefore now out of date. The updated guidance will support schools in delivering the new subjects of Relationships Education at primary and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at secondary, as well as, potentially, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE).

Give Us Your Views: Online Survey​


Newsletter – January 2018

January Members’ event: 16 January 2018  2pm – 4pm  Swiss Cottage Community Centre, 19 Winchester Road, NW3 3NR