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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.


‘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.