Out and about in the community

In February Victoria Armitage, our Project Officer, attended the Camden Disability Action (CDA) Annual General Meeting and Shelly Khan our Engagement Manager attended Voluntary Action Camden’s (VAC) AGM.

It was a chance for us to listen first hand to people in the local community and find out which health and social care issues they think are important.

At the CDA meeting local commissioners discussed the planned new Centre for Independent Living. Disabled people voiced their concerns about lack of funding for social care. People also made suggestions on what the CDA should work on this year. Suggestions ranged from helping with advice on services and benefits to making sure that people can get information in a format that is accessible.

Part of our mission is to reduce health inequalities in health and social care. We want equal access, treatment and outcomes for all communities in our local area.

At VAC’s meeting Councillor Georgia Gould talked about the council’s future plans for health and social care services in Camden. We got the opportunity to feedback comments we received from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities about concerns over lack of adequate provision for non-white British cultural and religious needs in care homes in Camden. Read our reports here

PLACE assessments

We’d like to thank our four volunteers for signing up to help us with Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment.

Each year our hospitals invite us to help with an assessment of their facilities to give the patient view on the care environment and whether it helps to support patients’ dignity and privacy.

This year, we’ve trained four volunteers to represent Healthwatch Camden on the assessment teams. PLACE assessments will happen over the next two months. We know our volunteers will do a great job in making the patient voice heard.

Get in touch if you’d like to know about future volunteer opportunities. Or comment below to let us know your thoughts.