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It’s time for Patient Participation Group (PPGs) members in the North Locality to vote: To be eligible to vote in the election, you must be a member of your General Practice PPG, and have attended at least one PPG meeting in the last year (or be part of an online PPG).

To vote: You will have to return a ballot paper to Martin Emery by email or post. All General Practice PPG members will have the chance to vote for the candidates from Thursday 8 March to Friday 6 April. Election Results will be announced on Tuesday 9 April 2018. 

You will find attached nomination statements for the 5 candidates for the 4 vacancies in the North Locality. You will also find the voting slip attached 

The candidates are as follows:


“Supporting older people with hearing loss in care settings” is available to download from Action on Hearing Loss’s website:


The guide, which consists of a guide document and accompanying information sheets, is part of a three year Department of Health funded project working to address hearing loss in longer term care settings for older people.


Message from Frances Hasler – Healthwatch Camden Director

A dilemma for all local Healthwatch organisations, us included, is how to prioritise what we focus on. There are so many important issues to consider. Should it be poor administration in outpatient departments? Or the way health commissioners are limiting the use of ‘procedures of limited clinical effectiveness’?

The changes in the way that adult social care is working? Or perhaps, the long term changes, including relocating inpatient beds, which are proposed for the St Pancras Hospital site? Changes in community services, including recommissioning a range of advice and befriending schemes? The problems of ambulances getting held up at hospitals? Or last but equally important – the continuing health inequalities across our borough?

Together with the diverse range of services we can look at, we need to think about the diverse range of people who live in Camden and use local services. Should we look at specific population groups such as young people, or disabled people? Are we exploring the experience of people from all parts of the community?

What matters most to local people?

To try to find out …Read more



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)


'closing on Wednesday 14 March 2018'

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