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Health Information Week is a campaign to improve access to health information. Staff from local authorities, public libraries, NHS, voluntary sector, independent information and advice centres have all been working together to make their health resources more available to the public.

Come and find out about the Healthwatch Camden ‘Start Here’ guide 1-4pm on

Thurs 5th July at St Pancras & Somers Town Living Centre London NW1 1DF


Please find attached our weekly news digest, for your perusal.

Thank you for taking the time to read this update; please send any views, comments and suggestions to info@healthwatchcamden.co.uk


The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health identified inequalities in mental health as a significant problem needing to be addressed nationally and locally.

The scope of the project. The NCCMH will review the evidence around a range of mental health inequalities, with reference to people with protected characteristics and intersectionality, and focusing on legal, financial and ethical responsibilities. 


Healthwatch Camden will be hosting our annual 'Community Forum', followed by our regular Board Meeting, on Tuesday 26th June 2018

  • 4.30pm – 5.45pm Community Forum (Agenda attached)

  • 6.00pm – 8.00pm Board Meeting (Agenda attached)

Venue: The St Pancras & Somers Town Living Centre 2 Ossulston St, Kings Cross, London NW1 1DF

Save the date in your diaries and let us know if your able to join us for either or both events by RSVP:

Email: info@healthwatchcamden.co.uk or Tel: 020 7383 2402  

Please can you also confirm any dietary & access requirements, by Mon 18th June 2018; thank you.


Community Bulletin Newsletter Part 1 and Part 2
Summer newsletter, our quarterly update on everything we’ve been doing in the local community and what’s coming up at the British Library.


During Learning Disability Week the Camden Experts by Experience we will be teaming up with UCLH and Royal Free NHS Trusts to raise awareness of people with learning disabilities at hospitals.

This year we are also teaming up with a similar group in Islington called “Power and Control” - part of the Elfrida Society. Also we will be joined by Mencap.

This year’s focus is Health and the Mencap “Treat me Well” Campaign, which aims to help make Training mandatory for all Healthcare professionals.


SPEAKING OUT A celebration of HIV PRIDE:

Thursday 21st June 6.00 – 8.00,  Mortimer Market Centre WC1E 6JB

  • How do you tell people about your status?

  • How do you tell partners, friends, family or employers 

  • How do other people deal with disclosure?

Come and meet people who have decided to "go public" telling their story on TV, telling their children, announcing it on social media or at the United Nations.

Featuring an exclusive preview of a documentary about speaking out -  starring Bloomsbury Patients!

To book: 020 3317 5177


There has been some significant changes announced by the government concerning Universal Credit.  In a statement (7th June 2018),  Esther McVey,  says that the government intends to make the following changes-

  • timetable for managed migration - this has been extended by 1 year.  It is now due to run from July 2019 - March 2023. 

  • transitional protection and the severe disability premium- some good news!


John’s Campaign was founded in November 2014 by Nicci Gerrard and Julia Jones. Behind its simple statement of purpose lies the belief that carers should not just be allowed but should be welcomed, and that a collaboration between the patients and all connected with them is crucial to their health and their well-being. John’s Campaign applies to all hospital settings: acute, community, mental health and its principles could extend to all other caring institutions where people are living away from those closest to them. In the time since the campaign was founded, over 1000 institutions have pledged support and a lot of progress has been made - but there is a lot yet to be done.


The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) have today published their annual budget survey. This report gives an overview of local social services directors views of their budgetary situation, and how they plan to manage their budgets over the coming years. https://www.adass.org.uk/adass-budget-survey-2018


The majority of people who stayed as an inpatient in hospital were happy with the care they received, had confidence in the doctors and nurses treating them and had a better overall experience, according to a national survey from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

However, survey respondents were less positive about arrangements and information received when leaving hospital, and those with a mental health condition reported a poorer than average experience across most question areas, repeating a trend found in previous patient surveys.


Promoting Community Cohesion and Celebrating Diversity with music, stalls, funfair, dance and instruments

Sunday 15th July Coram’s Fields 93 Guilford Street WC1N

Mela 12-6.00pm. Parade from 2.30-3.00pm   

To participate in the parade on the day please meet by the stage in Coram’s Fields at 2:00pm.

For further information and stall bookings please contact:

Nasim Ali Tel: 07852 223403 or  Email: Nasim.ali@kcbna.org.uk



Newsletter June 2018

Contents inc. Do you know about the free directory enquiries - 195 service?


CPPEG Open Meeting – Tuesday 12 June (14:00 – 16:00) and will be held at St Pancras Hospital in the conference room.