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Healthwatch Camden 'weekly' news digest 14th June 2018

Please find attached our weekly news digest, for your perusal.

Thank you for taking the time to read this update; please send any views, comments and suggestions to info@healthwatchcamden.co.uk


Healthwatch Camden Community Forum   

Tuesday June 26th

Healthwatch Camden will be hosting our annual 'Community Forum', followed by our regular Board Meeting, on Tuesday 26th June 2018.

  • 4.30pm – 5.45pm Community Forum
  • 6.00pm – 8.00pm Board Meeting

Venue: The St Pancras & Somers Town Living Centre London NW1 1DF

Save the date in your diaries and let us know if you’re able to join us for either or both events by RSVP: Email: info@healthwatchcamden.co.uk  Tel: 020 7383 2402  

Please confirm dietary & access requirements, by Mon 18th June 2018; thank you.


Urgent and emergency care in North London

Healthwatch Camden co-ordinated work by five local Healthwatch organisations, in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington to help local residents have a say in plans for urgent and emergency care in North London.

To find out what people said ...Read the reports


Youth Health Project

Young people in Camden speak out on body image and health.

They want social media to accurately reflect boys’ and girls' real body images. Please share this role play video young people at William Ellis School and LaSWAP 6th form produced!  @CareQualityComm


Healthwatch Camden Volunteer Opportunities

We're looking for volunteers to help us on our stalls at Camden's summer festivals from June - August. Contact shelly.khan@healthwatchcamden.co.uk  and do your bit for the local community!


Our Start Here… online guide is an easy way to find sources of information on health and social care in Camden. Try it out and let us know how easy/or not it was for you to navigate.

We will be holding afternoon drop-in sessions from July at St Pancras & Somers Town Living Centre London NW1 1DF

Come along and get some on-hand help and advice.


Annual Report

Its 5 years since we started and in that time we've made an impact in the local community with the help of local people and organisations. To find out what we've achieved look out for our annual report - it's out on 30 June 2018!


Have your say!  Get involved!

Treatments for back pain and shoulder pain on the NHS are being looked at – have your say and tell the London Choosing Wisely programme what you think.

More info: http://ow.ly/Cy3I30koWz2


Proactive care

Healthy London Partnership’s vision is for all Londoners to be more proactively involved in their health and wellbeing and the health and care system. Effective engagement will happen at an individual and collective level and will be universally accepted as key to good care and support.



Camden Council

Closes 24 Jun 2018

Closes 31 Jul 2018

Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCCG)

Currently there are no open consultations.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Currently there are no open consultations.

Department of Health and Social Care

Currently there are no open consultations.

Healthwatch England

Currently there are no open consultations.


Currently there are no open consultations.

NHS England

Closes 15 June 2018

Transport for London (TFL)


Local News

Camden Mela 2018

Promoting Community Cohesion and Celebrating Diversity with music, stalls, funfair, dance and instruments

Sunday 15th July Coram’s Fields 93 Guilford Street WC1N

Mela 12-6.00pm. Parade from 2.30-3.00pm   

For further information and stall bookings please contact: Nasim Ali

Tel: 07852 223403 or Email: Nasim.ali@kcbna.org.uk




Newsletter June 2018

Contents Inc. 

  • Deafblind Awareness Day in Camden - 27 June
  • New report says eye health system is failing patients
  • Do you know about the free directory enquiries - 195 service?


Bloomsbury Network

Everything you need to create an exceptional positive life

  • SPEAKING OUT A celebration of HIV PRIDE: Thursday 21st June


Voluntary Action Camden e-bulletin 8th June 2018 (updates every Friday)

News/Funding /VAC Events/Other Events/Jobs & Volunteers/Offers & Resources

Camden Mela; Resistance at Torriano; Pro Touch Community Festival; Faith and Belief Community Awards; Centre 404 AGM; VCC News; HS2 Camden Fund; Two Courses at West Euston Partnership; Camden PPG Open Meeting + training, events, funding opportunities, jobs,  volunteering and more


Other News

Universal Credit news- new changes announced

There has been some significant changes announced by the government concerning Universal Credit.  In a statement (7th June 2018), Esther McVey, says that the government intends to make the following changes-

  • Timetable for managed migration - this has been extended by 1 year.  It is now due to run from July 2019 - March 2023. 
  • Transitional protection and the severe disability premium- some good news!


John's Campaign

John’s Campaign was founded in November 2014 by Nicci Gerrard and Julia Jones. Behind its simple statement of purpose lies the belief that carers should not just be allowed but should be welcomed, and that a collaboration between the patients and all connected with them is crucial to their health and their well-being.


The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) have today published their annual budget survey

This report gives an overview of local social services director’s views of their budgetary situation, and how they plan to manage their budgets over the coming years.  https://www.adass.org.uk/adass-budget-survey-2018


National survey shows some improvements in people’s hospital experiences but highlights concerns around discharge and inequalities for those with mental health conditions

The majority of people who stayed as an inpatient in hospital were happy with the care they received, had confidence in the doctors and nurses treating them and had a better overall experience, according to a national survey from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

However, survey respondents were less positive about arrangements and information received when leaving hospital, and those with a mental health condition reported a poorer than average experience across most question areas, repeating a trend found in previous patient surveys.


All Londoners have the right to a healthy mouth

Poor access to dental services has a significant impact on the lives of people experiencing homelessness. Poor oral health commonly causes pain and suffering; dental pain can have a negative impact on mental and physical health and in some cases can cause people to use alcohol or drugs to control their pain.


Health, ageing and support: survey of views of people aged 50 and over

This report provides the results from an Ipsos MORI survey of the views of people aged 50 or over on health, ageing and support. The survey was conducted on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, and fieldwork took place between 3 January and 19 February 2017.


Tackling loneliness

Worryingly, loneliness has become a public health epidemic. GPs across the UK see millions of lonely and socially isolated patients each year. Loneliness and social isolation cannot be treated with medicines, or referred for hospital treatment; yet they must be addressed if GPs are to deliver the best care for patients.