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Recent news


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.


The agenda for the meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Board to be held on Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 at 4.00 pm has just been published.

Meeting venue: Committee Room 1, Town Hall, Judd Street, London WC1H 9JE

You can view the agenda and associated papers on the Camden web site.


Headway is a free service available in Islington, Camden, Hackney and Haringey which offers bilingual health advocacy to refugees and migrants (whatever their immigration status) who have difficulties communicating in English and speak one of the following languages: Arabic, Dari, Farsi, French, Pashtu, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu.

The aim of the project is to support clients who are facing physical and mental health difficulties and a language barrier to:

  • Better communicate their health and wellbeing needs in relevant appointments,

  • Access relevant services and understand how they work,

  • Overcome specific barriers to health and wellbeing,

  • Facilitate access to specialist services when required,

  • Support social inclusion. 


Senior Care Helper is a collaborative effort by seniors and their caregivers to share resources about health and wellness, finances, and other topics that relate to living as a senior and caring for elderly loved ones.

Who Are We?

We are a community of seniors, family members, and caregivers who understand the unique demands of this stage of life. Some of us are helping aging parents. Others are caring for spouses, or managing our own needs. We created “Senior Care Helper” to provide support and share resources with others navigating the world of healthy aging and senior care. Through our blog and other online resources, we have built a home where you can connect with others who are also walking in your shoes. Chime in using the comments to get to know others who share your interests and passions.

Senior Care Helper is here to accompany you as you navigate the world of aging with dignity and grace.


‘Glass Half Full’ is an innovative alcohol harm reduction campaign for Camden and Islington, which will run throughout June 2018. It’s about making positive, small changes to drinking that can have a beneficial, life-changing impact. It is targeted at increasing and higher risk drinkers who are 45 and older, and we have worked with residents and used their own words in the campaign.

Have a look at the website here: OneYouCamden.org. And keep an eye out for the campaign online, at bus stops, on buses and phone boxes near you!

If you would like to promote the campaign or have any questions about it, please contact: Angelina Taylor, Public Health Strategist, Camden and Islington Public Health (Email: Angelina.Taylor@islington.gov.uk / Tel: 0207 527 1324)


Arrhythmia Alliance World Heart Rhythm Week runs from 4 – 10 June 2018. Arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythm disorders) affect over two million people in the UK but by being heart rhythm aware, arrhythmias can be identified early.

Throughout the week, we will be supporting the Arrhythmia Alliance campaign by offering free pulse checks to help pick up undetected heart rhythm disorders.

Pulse checks will be taking place in three locations within UCLPartners geography:

Moorfields Eye hospital 

  • Monday 4 June, 10am-3pm

  • Wednesday 6 June, 10am-3pm


What happens if you want to claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction and you don’t use the internet?

Age UK research finds ‘mixed’ guidance from councils in England for older people who are not Internet users, calls for legal requirement for authorities to maintain offline access channels and help.


At present, in most areas, only simple, single job seeking claims are accepted for Universal Credit.

This guide gives the dates when the government says all types of new claims will be taken (that would have previously been for the six legacy benefits Job Seekers Allowance (IB), Employment and Support Allowance(IR), Income Support, Housing Benefit and both Tax Credits).

June 2018  City of Westminster - Marylebone JCP

Dec 2018   London Borough of Camden - Kentish Town JCP


There has been a marked improvement in the care provided by the London Ambulance Service according to the Care Quality Commission.

The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust has been rated Good overall by the CQC, following an inspection that took place in March 2018. It was previously rated Requires Improvement.

The trust was rated Outstanding for being caring and Good for being safe, effective, responsive and well-led.

Please note that there are links to the Provider inspection report at the very end of this press release, on the next page.