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Delivered by a Camden GP and Pharmacist

When should I see my GP? - What is the role of a pharmacist, GP and A&E? - How will I know when to go to A&E? - What services are available from my local pharmacy? - How can a pharmacist support me to improve my health? - How to manage long term medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma? - How lifestyle can affect my health?


The way that benefits are paid in the UK is currently undergoing a complete overhaul.

Since the 1980s, anyone needing help has been able to claim from six means tested benefits, but they are being rolled into a single benefit called Universal Credit.

BBC reporter Ben Moore has been been travelling around the UK meeting those who are on the front line of the change, and hearing from those who have experienced problems with the system.

By 2022, more than seven million households are scheduled to receive universal credit.

You can see more on Inside Out on BBC One in the South and South East at 7:30pm on Monday, 5 March.


NICE and SCIE have published a new quick guide – Getting help to overcome abuse: a quick guide for young people receiving support.

The guide helps young people to understand what is meant by abuse and neglect and describes how they might feel because of their experience. It also explains what young people should expect from services and what they should do if they are not happy with the support they are getting. A list of organisations that can help is included. 


Dynamic older people’s charity seeks new Chair & Trustees (Camden, London)

Following our recent governance review - undertaken by CASS Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness - we’re now looking for a new Chair and a number of new Trustees who can contribute to strengthening our board, and who have the skills to help us continue and expand our vital work in the local community.  Board meetings are currently bi-monthly.
The Third Age Project (TAP) is a small, dynamic Camden charity offering front-line services to local older people and we are one of 19 supporting partners to Camden Council’s elderly strategy.


Annual General Meeting of Camden Carers Centre will be taking place on the 20th March, it will start from 3.30pm.

All are welcome at the AGM which will be taking place at our office in Belmont Street.

Please see flyer attached for further details.

"Camden Carers Service is delighted to announce that we have been successful in our bid to continue to run Carers services in Camden. The funding allows us to provide holistic support to carers through a wide range of services".


A&E is not always the best place to be taken if you call 999, and thanks to an improved way of working, more patients are now getting the care they need in their own home – with over 500 benefiting since the scheme was introduced according to latest figures. 

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL)


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Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: A consultation on guidance for CCGs

NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and NHS England have launched a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns.

In the year prior to June 2017, the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets such as supermarkets.

(Please see attached summary of Healthwatch Camden's survey for the previous 'over the counter medicines' ​consultation which ran during summer 2017, 'Items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: A Consultation on guidance for CCG's', ​which contributed to a further Healthwatch England survey).


Do you live in North Central London? (Haringey, Barnet, Camden, Islington and Enfield)
Do you have experience of adult Orthopaedic services as a service user or carer?
Are you able to commit to monthly meetings during the day?

Get involved and help us to:

  • improve outcomes for patients 
  • improve quality of services 
  • improve value for money

Meetings will be held monthly in Central London and we hope to complete this phase of the review by March 2019. Travel expenses will be paid.

Interested? Contact us for an information pack and application form: 
Call 020 8888 0579
Email info@healthwatchharingey.org.uk

Closing date for applications is Friday 16th March.


Your local NHS has been asked to make some big decisions about the healthcare that will be available to us in future and how it will be organised.

This survey aims to help collect people's views about these important local plans (STPs) and pass them to your local planners, to influence the decisions about the future of our NHS, that are going on right now.

Please take 5 minutes to give us your views


New guidance from NICE, developed with the help of Healthwatch Surrey, aims to highlight what people should expect from social care, and how they can make decisions together with professionals. Alice Maynard, Chair of the Guideline Committee explains more in this blog.


Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) sought views on how to best organise acute mental health day care services in Camden, to make cost savings while continuing to provide good patient care. We currently commission Camden & Islington Foundation Trust to run two Mental Health Acute Day Units; one at Jules Thorn unit on the St Pancras Hospital site and one at Daleham Gardens unit in Belsize Park.



There are many mental health services available in Camden.  If you or someone you care for is experiencing mental health problems this service directory will make it easier to find support.