We conducted workshops and focus groups on Health inequalities

During October Healthwatch Camden organised a workshop with the Race Equality Foundation, called ‘How can you help to address health inequalities?’ Shelly Khan our Community Engagement Manager attended the workshop.

Local planning of health and social care services should include people from all communities so that services meet our community’s needs. Healthwatch Camden wants to reduce inequalities so we make sure that we speak to members of our community who feel that their voice is not being heard.

The workshop Shelly attended looked at how local NHS organisations need to work with local communities and voluntary organisations to make sure that equality in health services is addressed. Particularly to ensure that everyone has improved health outcomes, better access to services, and better patient experience.

Shelly talked about addressing inequality in health through local involvement which was followed by a group discussion. Healthwatch Camden needs everyone to be involved so that we can understand the issues that affect different communities.

Samir Jeraj from the Race Equality Foundation introduced the guidance on working better with the voluntary and community sector and EDS2. Martin Emery from the Camden Clinical Commissioning Group gave an overview of the CCG working with the voluntary sector in commissioning to address health inequalities and Donna Turnball, Voluntary Action Camden talked about Engaging with the CCG through the Health Advocacy Project.

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