Our volunteers – out and about in Camden …

PLACE visit at St Pancras Hospital – South wing

Joyce Amoateng, one of our volunteers went on a PLACE visit at the St Pancras Hospital – South wing.

Issues looked at were the general cleanliness and condition, appearance, food, signage, dementia assessment and disability assessment.

Our volunteers go to PLACE visits at local hospitals every year to provide the patient perspective on whether the healthcare environment provides privacy and dignity. Staff at the hospitals are positive and welcoming.

Joyce said: “Overall I was confident when I entered and left. Patients were treated with dignity and respect.”

We value volunteers like Joyce who’s been with us for a while. Our volunteers assist us in getting local people’s views on health and social care provision in Camden. Volunteers are also vital during the summer festival time and also throughout the year to help us at stalls, in the office and on research projects.

We want to reduce inequalities in health and social care services. We want equal access to treatment and outcomes for everyone in our local community. Volunteers help us in our mission.

Creating connections at UCL

Sarah Cawthra, our board member attended one of the ‘Expert Advice & Ideas’ session in May to discuss the UCL Centre for Co-production in Health research before its official launch.  

It brought together UCL staff and postgraduate students with representatives from community organisations, charities, residents’ groups, social enterprises and statutory organisations, with the aim of finding ways to work together.

Attendees included delegates from UCL Primary Care & Population Health, Infection and Population Health and Public Engagement, clinicians, charities and local people from Somers Town.

Discussion took place about what UCL Centre for Co-production in Health Research could look like: as a physical place, its principles, and what health and social care research is important to us all. An artist produced a visual diagram of the discussions.

As a resident Sarah was pleased that she got the opportunity to express her views on the name, branding, research and policy. She felt that it was  a level playing field without reference to academic or professional status.

The Centre’s launched a series of Pilots to test this way of working on research. You can read more here.

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