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Healthwatch England have published a new report which focuses on the experiences of over 1,700 women who experienced mental health problems during and after birth. The report draws on national research, as well as the work undertaken by seven local Healthwatch.

Mental ill health was often triggered by a combination of issues, such as severe sickness in pregnancy, traumatic births, physical illness and a history of mental health problems.

The NHS is committed to providing maternal mental health support for more than 300,000 extra women by 2020/21. So they're calling on health professionals to make space to talk about mental health and check on the wellbeing of women during and after pregnancy.

Download the report to read the findings and recommendations in full


Just under a quarter of 5 year olds in England have tooth decay. This green paper will focus on a number of measures to make sure children are healthy and happy from birth and throughout development. Have your say by filling it in


Central and North West London NHS Foundaiton Trust have launched a new Supportive and Palliative Care Forum for residents in Camden and Islington to improve care services within these boroughs.

They’re looking for patients, family members, carers or members of the local community who have experience of, or are interested in improving supportive and palliative care services.

This new forum is being set up to help us capture the views and experiences of local people to make sure that services best meet their needs.

The first session will take place on 19 June 2019, 2pm to 4pm at St Pancras Community Association, 67 Plender Street, London NW1 0LB. To attend please see contact information below.

 If you would like to find out more information or have an informal chat please contact Agi or Maria on 020 3317 5777 or email palliative.islington@nhs.net /palliative.southcamden@nhs.net or if you are linked to the North Camden Community Palliative Care Team you can also contact Kaye on 020 7830 2905 or email rf.palliativecare@nhs.net 

The forum is in collaboration with North Camden Community Palliative Care Team, Royal Free Hospital, Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead and Marie Curie Research Department, University College London.



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Saint Pancras Community Association

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A new road which leads to the main entrance of Chase Farm Hospital opened on Friday 9 August.

Patients and visitors to the hospital will be able to use a new 15-minute drop off area outside the main entrance, in addition to the existing drop off zone outside the side entrance (opposite car park 2).

Please note, access to the multi-storey car park and car park 2 has not changed. These cannot be reached by the new road. The bus route and shuttle bus arrangements also remain the same. 

See more information here


The next CPPEG open meeting is on the 13 August 2019. See the agenda here

The main topics of discussion will be the NHS Long Term Plan and Integrated Care

  • Public consultation on proposed move of Moorfields Eye Hospital’s (City Road) Services
  • Public Health prevention strategy
  • Conditions for which over the counter (OTC) items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: Guidance for CCGs - Implementation

The open meeting will be held on

Date: Tuesday 13 August 2019

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Venue: St Pancras Hospital, Conference Centre, 4 St Pancras Way, NW1 0PE






Two patient/ public representatives are needed to join an important new steering group supported by the North and East London Cancer Alliance. Working alongside members including GPs, commissioners and public health teams, you’ll help us to drive improvements in cancer prevention, population awareness and screening attendance across north London over the next 3 years.

By joining the group, you’ll ensure that the needs of community members direct the delivery of several Cancer Transformation funded projects, all of which are aiming to improve cancer prevention and screening uptake over the next 12 months. We want to find out what works when it comes to supporting people to stop smoking, for example, and increasing the number of women attending cervical and breast screening appointments.

In the longer term, we will work together to develop and deliver a 3-year plan which identifies and addresses gaps in prevention, awareness and screening initiatives, with a special focus on reducing variation in services/increasing support across north London.


Who is this opportunity for?

-        This opportunity would be particularly suited to people with an interest in public health, health promotion, and/or inequalities in cancer screening.

-        You do not need to have personal experience of using cancer services to apply – much of our work is focussing on cancer prevention and population awareness, so we are keen to involve people who have not had a diagnosis of cancer.

-        You do not need to have taken part in this kind of opportunity before – you will have a key point of contact within the group who can give you a full briefing before the first meeting and any information you need between meetings. Our patient involvement team will also be available to give you support as needed.


Practical details

-        Meetings will take place bi-monthly, for a duration of 1.5 hours. They will take place between 9-5pm in an accessible venue (the venue is awaiting final confirmation, but it will most likely be in either Islington Council offices or Islington Town Hall).

-        Ideally we are looking for someone who would be able to commit to joining 80% of meetings for at least 1 year (this could be in person or via phone)

-        All your travel expenses will be reimbursed, in line with the UCLH Travel Expenses policy.


Get involved

If you think you’re interested or you have any questions at this stage, please send Zoe an email on uclh.getinvolvedwithcancer1@nhs.net before Mon 5th August 2019. We’ll reply with some more information about the steering group, along with a brief Expression of Interest form for you to complete.



Exploring Potential Stem Cell Donors’ Perspectives Surrounding the Use of their Donations


Lancaster University and the charity Anthony Nolan are working together to explore the views of members of the public towards the use of donated cells.


We wish to understand how members of the public feel about how donations facilitated by Anthony Nolan might be used in the future, for whom and for what purposes, and whether these preferences alter depending on the type of cells donated.


We wish to involve members of the public with a range of demographics and different backgrounds e.g. gender, age, and ethnicity.


We are holding focus groups in August in London. You do not need to have scientific, medical, or healthcare knowledge or experience to participate in the focus group discussion.


Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed through Anthony Nolan. You will also receive a small gift voucher to thank you for your participation in the focus groups.


Please contact Eva.Zoubek@anthonynolan.org to express your interest in finding out more about participating in an upcoming focus group.


Your involvement in the focus groups will inform the future lifesaving work of Anthony Nolan. This study has been reviewed and approved by the Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Ethics Committee at Lancaster University.



It's that time of year again. Our next Board Meeting in public and our Community Forum is just around the corner. Come along and have your say on health and social care in Camden. The time and further information will be shared closer to the time.

Date: 8 October 2019
Venue: Greenwood Centre, 37 Greenwood Pl, London NW5 1LB

Seats are limited so book early please at: info@healthwatchcamden.co.uk


A new IBD Patient Survey has launched, encouraging everyone with Crohn’s or Colitis to make their voice heard and feedback on the care they receive.

Make your voice heard and complete the new IBD Patient Survey today.

There are variations in care for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and IBD UK want to ensure that everyone receives safe, consistent, high-quality, personalised care. Last month, IBD UK launched the new IBD Standards, which set out the care people with Crohn’s and Colitis should receive at every point of their journey.

Alongside an IBD Benchmarking Tool for services, the patient survey will help them to understand the full picture of Crohn’s and Colitis care, measured against the new IBD Standards.

This survey will highlight where IBD teams could improve to give the best possible care.

Complete the survey before the 23rd September to make your voice heard.

If you require a paper copy, a different language or have any questions, please contact info@ibduk.org


Camden's Mental Health Supported Accommodation Pathway Evaluation Panel need 5 Service User Representatives to help decide who is best placed to deliver the service in Camden. Interested? Contact Katja for more information and a discussion. Find out more about the roles here.


We've launced this years' annual report. Read the blog post about it and also take a look! 


Time: Tuesday 2 July 6pm to 8pm 
Venue: The Greenwood Centre, 37 Greenwood Place, NW5 1LB
The meeting will be preceded by a community forum, followed by a short meeting for board members only. 


At the community forum, researchers from the University of Strathclyde and University College London will talk about how they are helping the government plan their vaccination programmes.  As part of this, they want to hear your views about childhood vaccinations.  You will have the opportunity to ask the researchers about their work and to discuss questions such as ... Find out more


Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK) would like you to fill in their survey on cervical screening. The survey is for people of all genders who are eligible for cervical screening. Fill it in here.  



The Royal College of Surgeons of England's Patient and Lay Group (PLG) is looking for four new lay members to help patients’ voices be heard throughout the College’s work on surgery.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter (outlining why you are interested in the lay role and any relevant experience you may have) to plg@rcseng.ac.uk by Friday 24 May 2019.

Interviews will be held in London on 19 June 2019.

Please find more information and further application details on their website.