Every year in May, Dying Matters and our coalition members host an Awareness Week, which gives us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. In 2018, the week will run from 14th to the 20th of May and we will be asking "What Can You Do... in your community?"
Mental Health Awareness Week is a UK event supported by the Mental Health Foundation. The aim is to educate the public about mental health issues and to promote better mental health. Focusing on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NHS England is seeking feedback about people’s experiences of personal health budgets in England.
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:
“Supporting older people with hearing loss in care settings” is available to download from Action on Hearing Loss’s website:
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.
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
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?