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‘Stay Well Pharmacy’ is a new NHS initiative to encourage people to use their pharmacy as the first port of call for minor illnesses which generate almost 20 million medical visits a year.

NHS England has launched one of the biggest ever campaigns to encourage people to use pharmacies.

The Stay Well Pharmacy campaign urges people to consult pharmacists first for minor illness, instead of GPs or A&E, in a bid to reduce pressures on those services.

Running from 12th February to 31st March 2018, the campaign will be aiming to increase the public’s trust and confidence in community pharmacy teams as the place to go for clinical advice for minor health concerns, and encouraging people to use pharmacies rather than visiting their GP as a first port of call.

Three key symptoms will be the focus of the campaign. These are:

Sore throats
Coughs and colds
Tummy problems


Watch Jeremy Hunt hosting a webchat (12/02/18) with a panel of experts answering questions on the green paper on Children and Young People’s Mental Health

With Claire Murdoch: Chief Executive of the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and national director for mental health, NHS England.

Dr Jon Goldin: Co-chair of the RC Psych Westminster Parliamentary Liaison Committee and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, GOSH

Prof Peter Fonagy:  Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London​

This consultation closes at Noon on 2 March 2018


You can report cleansing issues from the Clean Camden app by downloading it free of charge on the following app stores:

Google Play Apple App Store Get it from Microsoft


Clean Camden is an ongoing campaign to crack down on littering, dog fouling and fly-tipping. We hope that residents and businesses will get involved and join us in helping to keep the borough clean. This autumn we are working with Keep Britain Tidy and their national campaign #CrimeNotToCare

Did you know:

You can report fly-tipping online 

If you prefer, you can email: uk.occamden@veolia.com or phone: 020 7974 2202.


Wednesday 7 Feb – at 9.30am Claire Murdoch is appearing at the Health Select Committee on mental health and young people; you can watch it on http://www.parliamentlive.tv

Subject: Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision.


Today sees the launch of the @PHE_uk @actfast999 campaign. When a stroke strikes, act F.A.S.T. Check their Face, Arms & Speech, and if you notice any one of these signs, it's Time to make the call and dial 999. #Stroke is a medical emergency. Know the signs and #ActFAST

Average age of first stroke in England falls, figures show

Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?

Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?

Speech – is their speech slurred?

Time to call 999 if you see any one of these signs


Thursday 22 February | 10am -1pm

How will artificial intelligence affect health and social care?

Think tank Future Advocacy are looking for patients, their relatives and representatives to take part in this ethics discussion in central London.

Email Nika Strukelj at Future Advocacy to learn more.


Tuesday 30th January 2018  6pm to 8pm   The St Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre


Saloni Thakrar (Chair) Pam Hibbs, Sarah Hoyle, Robert Sumerling, Sonal Keay, Clarice Borges, Sarah Cawthra (trustees) Sanjay Ganvir, trustee (by Skype); Frances Hasler, Carl Mills (staff) 

Members of the public - members of the public are welcome to attend and observe, subject to available space.

Please email: info@healthwatchcamden.co.uk /tel: 020 7383 2402 to confirm attendance and submit questions to the Chair.


Police are urging anyone who might know this man to come forward

Police have released a new photo of a man who was found collapsed outside University College Hospital in Camden.


Press release: 23 January 2018

There is no single reason why more detentions are being made under the Mental Health Act than ever before, a review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has concluded.


Big Energy Saving Week runs from 22 to 28 January 2018. It is a national campaign to help people cut their fuel bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.

The week focuses on raising public awareness of how to switch energy supplier or tariff to get the best deal, access discounts and make homes energy efficient. This is the 7th Big Energy Saving Week and is a partnership between Citizens Advice, the Energy Saving Trust and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with the support of numerous organisations, charities and companies.

Use the Citizens Advice price comparison tool to compare prices from different energy suppliers. Call the Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 for energy advice.


Exciting new opportunities for people affected by cancer to shape services

Are you a patient or carer affected by cancer? Would you like to join us to help shape cancer services and improve early diagnosis across our region?

UCLH Cancer Collaborative is currently recruiting for patients and carers who would like to be involved in a number of exciting opportunities. These include innovative projects for early diagnosis, measuring quality of life after treatment, and looking at driving improvements in patient experience and outcomes for care pathways for specific cancer types.

You must be committed to working collaboratively and broadly representing the diverse views and needs of people affected by cancer. Participation in other cancer networks and people with links to community groups is considered really helpful.


6 weeks to go until the consultation closes and we want to make sure you have chance to respond.

Improving support for children and young people’s mental health is a top priority for this government. This green paper on children and young people’s mental health aims to ensure that those who need it are able to access the right help for their mental health, in the right place and at the right time. It focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, particularly in or linked to schools and colleges.  

We welcome all responses to the consultation including from those who have experience of mental ill-health or know someone close to them who has such experience. The consultation focuses on how the proposals in the green paper will be implemented. 

This consultation has 21 questions. However, you do not have to answer all of them. Only answer those questions you want to or those which are relevant to you. 

You can save your responses and return to complete the survey at any time. The survey will be open for 13 weeks, in alignment with Cabinet Office guidance, and will close at noon on 2 March 2018.

You can read the full green paper document here for further details.



NHS England launched a new campaign to promote the NHS 111 service as an access point of urgent care.

Research has shown that public awareness of NHS 111 is high and it is still increasing, as the service connects people with appropriate medical care when they urgently need it, 24 hours a day.

The new campaign will run for eight weeks, with a focus on groups most likely to attend A&E when they could be treated elsewhere, either through NHS 111 or by another NHS service within the urgent and emergency care system.


Public statement on PrEP Impact Trial

Recruitment for the PrEP Impact Trial has gone extremely well at CNWL’s Mortimer Market Centre and Archway Centre. Since the trial began in Autumn 2017, more than 400 patients have been enrolled onto the trial at the two clinics.

Our PrEP Impact Trial Enrolment appointments are now fully booked for January 2018. PrEP Impact Trial Enrolment appointments in February will be opened on Monday 22 January 2018.