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Healthwatch England have put together three Easy Read documents explaining more about the Healthwatch national network. We are sharing the documents and you can find them in the links below.  

At a local level, Healthwatch Camden wants to be accessible to everyone in our diverse community. We aim to give children, young people and adults a powerful voice locally in the delivery of health and social care services. The best health and social care services are shaped by local needs and experiences. We're open, flexible and approachable, that's why we go to local events and summer festivals to speak directly to local people. Every voice counts! 

Read these documents produced by Healthwatch England to find out more about the Healthwatch network: 

We are Healthwatch 

It starts with you - on social care 

Our information giving role 




A report from Independent Age looks into how people can challenge decisions about the care and support they receive. It reveals that as few as one in five local authorities have put in place a separate appeals process, with the majority instead relying on a complaints process that can be unfit for purpose. It calls on the government to introduce a statutory appeals process for adult social care and discusses the advantages this system would offer.


In future all prescriptions will be issued electronically, with the national rollout of the existing service starting next month. The electronic prescription service (EPS) helps GPs and pharmacists prescribe and dispense medicines faster and more securely and makes it easier for patients to pick up repeat prescriptions. The EPS has been tested with 60 GP practices and hundreds of pharmacies and already accounts for almost 70% of all prescriptions.


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