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Recent news


Our Food poverty social media project has been covered in two newspapers. Food Poverty is a national issue and we are working with three organisaitons to raise awareness and let people and the organisations helping them have a say on how food poverty can be tackled. The social media campaign runs from 30 April ro 13 May and we will be issuing a report in June. 

Read the newspaper articles.


Invitation to join the Expert through Experience Advisory Group at the Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health, University College London.


The Long Term Plan for the NHS was published on 7 January.

The key ingredients in the plan are:

  • A new model of care, with better funded, more joined up primary and community health

  • More emphasis on prevention and on tackling health inequalities

  • Further work to improve care quality and outcomes

  • Action on the workforce, including more funded training places and greater flexibility for staff

  • Further investment in a digitally enabled NHS

  • Further work to contain cost and make the service financially sustainable

  • Proposals on legislative reform to make new care models easier to implement.

The plan is evolutionary not revolutionary, many of the specific proposals in it have been trialled over the past few years, as part of the previous Five Year Forward View.

The new model of care promises:


This spring Healthwatch Camden will be starting a new project about outpatient referrals.

Local people have told us there is sometimes confusion and delay between a GP referral and getting a specialist outpatient appointment at hospital.

We’re planning to survey patients who are waiting to see specialists at the Royal Free Hospital and at UCLH. We also want to hear from anyone who’s recently been referred by a GP so that we can learn more about these experiences. If you are interested in helping us with this work there are two ways you can get involved. 

First, if you’ve had an outpatient referral recently please get in touch and tell us your story. Did your referral go smoothly?  Were there any problems or delays? 

Second, we will be recruiting a team of research volunteers to help us with our outpatient department surveys.  Interested?  Please see the role description attached.


Save the date 'Tuesday 29th January 2019'  6pm-8pm.

The chair & trustees of Healthwatch Camden cordially invite you to attend our first meeting in public for 2019, at our new offices in Greenwood Place, Kentish Town.
We are pleased to announce that we will be joined by Sir Robert Francis; as the Chair of the Healthwatch England committee and a resident of Camden, Sir Robert is keen to observe one of our regular board meetings.
Agenda attached.
As places are limited please confirm your attendance & any accessibility requirements by Wednesday 16th January 2019: email: info@healthwatchcamden.co.uk / Tel: 020 7974 6950
Light refreshments will be available.


Please see attached details of the next Camden Carers' Voice meeting for all unpaid carers in Camden to find out more about help in the community and about how your local councillor can help you and the person for whom you care on:

Thursday 31 January from 10.30-12.30pm (followed by a light lunch) at Charlie Ratchford Centre, 1 Belmont Street NW1 8HF


Please find attached, details on Voluntary Action Camden AGM 2019

Thursday 7th February from 5:30pm

Including a letter from Simone Hensby Executive Director “EC Election Letter 2019”


A supplementary agenda for the meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Board to be held on Monday, 14th January, 2019 at 4.00 pm has just been published. 

The agenda for the meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Board to be held on Monday, 14th January, 2019 at 4.00 pm has just been published.

Meeting venue: Crowndale Centre, 218 Eversholt Street, London, NW1 1BD


Developing Urgent and Emergency Care Using Digital Technology

Stuart Crichton  Chief Clinical Officer

MONDAY – JANUARY   14th  2019  5.30 – 7.30pm


Visually Impaired in Camden Newsletter - January 2019

January Members’ event  Tuesday 15 January , 2pm to 4pm, Swiss Cottage Community Centre, 19 Winchester Road, NW3 3NR

Come and meet other VIC members and share experiences, top tips & information with tea, cake and biscuits on tap. This will also be an opportunity to help plan future events so please come with all your ideas!!


We are looking for lay members to join our committee that will be looking at children and young peple with disabilities and severe complex needs.

Closing date: 5pm, Tuesday 5 February 2019. 

Time commitment:  18 months.


The NHS Long Term Plan was developed in partnership with those who know the NHS best – frontline health and care staff, patients and their families and other experts. Read our report to find out more.

The NHS Long Term Plan / The NHS Long Term Plan - a summary

#NHSLongTermPlan / @NHSEngland 


Tuesday 8th January 2019

The Falls prevention workshop will be discussing how we can develop a falls prevention strategy to identify and support people earlier.  The main focus for this workshop is how do we reach out and include non-clinical services and groups, how best can we support them in identifying people who might be at risk of falling and what to do when someone has been identified.

If you have experience of Falls please email us to confirm attendance.  The event details are as follows:


The award-winning ‘Antelope’ was based on writer/director Ben Grace’s experiences of mental health and stigmas surrounding a mental health diagnosis after being sectioned at Antelope House, a PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) in Southampton. Content Note: Contains visuals and conversations related to suicide. 

Watch Antelope online - https://www.bengrace.co.uk/short-films/antelope/


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