This month, our Chair, Connie Smith was featured in Camden Magazine.
Connie is one of six trustees who support the work of Healthwatch Camden. Her role includes developing Healthwatch Camden’s strategy, priorities and influencing local service providers.
Before retiring Connie, who lives in Gospel Oak had a long career in the NHS.
Connie says: “I got involved with Healthwatch Camden because I believe that it’s crucial that local people have an influence on the services that they use.
“Camden has a young, diverse, changing population and it’s important that services delivered reflect everyone’s needs.
“Camden also has marked differences in health experience and outcomes between its richest and poorest communities. So every voice counts to tackle health inequalities.”
As one of the first trustees on board, Connie has seen Healthwatch Camden’s influence grow since its launch two years ago.
She says: “For me, our highlights include our first annual general meeting last year, where we shared ideas with local people and organisations.
“We’ve also visited dozens of community groups and user forums, made our website British Sign Language (BSL) friendly and have taken part in the health scrutiny committee and the Health and Wellbeing Board.
“We’re also developing an innovative online guide to health and social care in Camden called ‘Start here…’
“We think there’s space for a guide that maps people around the sources of information, and shows them how to get the best from services. We look forward to launching it this summer.”
Healthwatch Camden needs you!
We’re always looking for new board members and volunteers that reflect the borough’s population, particularly local people from ethnic communities and men. So if you’re interested – Contact us