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Recent news


There is new advice on where to get mental health support as outlined in the Healthwatch England website


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produces guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and ill health, and provide social care support. Their guidance is based on research evidence and takes into account the views of people working in or using relevant services, and other stakeholder groups.

They are currently looking for adults with complex needs, their unpaid carers and advocates (usually referred to as ‘lay members’ at NICE) to join the committee developing a guideline on Social work for adults with complex needs.

Theywould like people to apply by following this link: See recruitment advert for details for more details by 5pm Monday 18 November 2019.

They would welcome an application from those who have recent experience or knowledge of this topic and are able to reflect the views, experiences and needs of the public to ensure they are included in the development of this guideline. Applicants need to be able to contribute effectively in a formal committee setting. Lay members are paid a fee to attend meetings and NICE coverS travel and other expenses.


NHS England has published a service specification for the NHS community pharmacist consultation service (CPCS).


The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has published a guide for physicians on what they need to know about implementing the NHS long-term plan and delivering more integrated care.


New statistics from NHS Digital show obesity among reception-aged schoolchildren in England increased between 2017/18 and 2018/19. The national child measurement programme report shows that the prevalence of obesity in four and five-year-olds rose from 9.5% to 9.7%, increasing number of reception-age children with obesity to 58,000.


The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK has made its flagship publication for general dental practitioners and their teams available free of charge online. Standards in Dentistry is a comprehensive collection of standards and guidelines for primary care dentistry covering consultation and diagnosis, paediatric dentistry, orthodontics, management of acute pain, periodontics, endodontics, removable partial dentures, complete dentures, minor oral surgery, implant dentistry, management of dental trauma, making and receiving referrals, oral medicine, direct, coronal and root surface restorations and indirect coronal restorations.


The Eve Appeal launched the Girl to Woman Wellbeing Week which will run from 11 to 18 October. They will be shining a light on women’s health throughout a lifetime, from sex and body education at school to working through the menopause. Find out more by visiting their website


Today is World Mental Health Day and the UK Government is taking steps to improve services and support for people affected by mental health issues. 

Earlier this year they launched a consultation which asks how the government can support good initiatives for mental health. The consultation is due to close on 14 October and they'd like to hear your views on the following questions


AHP Services at UCLH are looking to recruit 10 patient representatives to help us shape our services for the future.

All you need is to have been a patient or a carer / family member of someone who has received AHP Services at UCLH. 

Find out more about the UCLH opportunuty


The Somers Town Legal Advice Corner offers Somers Town and St Pancras residents FREE legal advice. The STLAC covers a range of practice areas. Read the leaflet to find out more. 


Healthwatch Camden’s Community Forum, AGM and Board Meeting in Public takes place on

Tuesday 8 October

Community Forum 15:45 – 17:10

AGM & Board Meeting in Public 18.00-20.00

  •   We’ll be talking about Digital NHS – Online Services and about Young people’s mental health
  •   We’ll be presenting our Annual Report and Accounts. You’ll get the opportunity to ask questions about our work.

We'll be at:

The Greenwood Centre

37 Greenwood Place
Kentish Town


Citizen's Advice in Camden are seeking to appoint several new Trustees including a Treasurer over the coming months. They  are particularly keen to find local people to join their Board.

If you are interested, visit their website


Wellcome / EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS) is setting up initial focus group for parents with experience of operative birth. The aim is for the organisation to get advice on how they develop some initial research to improve interventions and inform ongoing public involvement in a way that’s suited to and engaging for parents with something to share. Payment is offered, find out more about the focus group and how to join


The Kindred Minds BME service user led manifesto 'A Call for Social Justice' has been finalised. The Manifesto has concrete demands for change and builds upon two decades of studies on BME mental health and involved consulting with over 200 BME service users in south London. 

The manifesto is a unique resource, has been written by BME mental health service users and has a comprehensive vision for the policy and practice changes needed to improve the mental well-being of BME mental health service users.  That vision calls for wider political action to end racial injustice:

“Racism is a political issue. Inequality is a political issue. Mental health is a political issue. We should hold politicians to account.”

The manifesto makes clear the cumulative impact of interlinked areas of life on BME mental health throughout the life span, as in this striking quote:

“There's a modern day Bermuda Triangle for black men, which is located between the 3 points of; Education (the entry point), Criminal Justice and Mental Health. Thousands will pass through, but a disproportionately high number will quite literally disappear within this black man's Bermuda triangle.”

As well as race, the manifesto also looks at the intersections with gender, class, sexual orientation and refugee status, and highlights the way services do not address this:

“Services are sometimes just about able to talk about cultural appropriateness when it relates to one aspect of diversity, such as race. But they do not acknowledge that some of us experience oppression on account of other factors too, like gender or sexuality.”

The manifesto has some strong ideas for reform of mental health services at a time when the Mental Health Act Review is under way and Theresa May’s Race Disparity Audit highlighted how black people are four times as likely as white people to be detained under the Mental Health Act. Find out more about the manifesto here


The all-party parliamentary group on inclusive growth has introduced the new inclusive growth community index. This combines data on five key outcomes – consumption, healthy life expectancy, leisure, inequality and unemployment – to create an inclusive growth score (IG score) applicable to local and combined authorities up and down the UK.