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Health decision making in Camden

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Health and Wellbeing Board

The board works with local people to identify the health and social care needs of the Camden community. Every board has a local Healthwatch representative. Together they develop: 

Who sits on the Camden Health and Wellbeing Board? 

  • Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council (Chair)
  • Councillor Marcus Boyland, Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families
  • Councillor Anna Wright, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adult Social Care
  • Dr John Connolly, Chief Executive of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Stephen Heard, Director, Healthwatch Camden
  • Dr Ammara Hughes, Co-Clinical Director, Camden Health Evolution GP Federation
  • Dr Dee Hora, Clinical Director for Camden, North Central London Integrated Care System (NCL ICS)
  • John Lawlor, Chair of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sarah McDonnell-Davies, Executive Managing Director, NCL ICS
  • Tim Aldridge, Executive Director of Children and Learning, Camden Council
  • Jess McGregor, Executive Director of Adults and Health, Camden Council
  • Keith Morgan, CEO of Voluntary Action Camden
  • Vanessa Odlin, Managing Director, Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust's Goodall Division
  • Darren Summers, Deputy Chief Executive, Camden and Islington (C&I) NHS Foundation Trust
  • Simon Wheatley, Director of Integration, NCL ICS
  • Kirsten Watters, Director of Public Health, Camden Council
  • Alex Warner, Chair of Camden Health Partners GP Federation
  • Foyezur Miah, Camden Community Centres Network Representative and Chief Executive of Queen's Crescent Community Centre 
  • Rob Vincent, Non-Executive Director of University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust.

North Central London Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Transformation Plan - January 2022 update

Local transformation plans set out how local services will improve children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing across the 'whole system'. Find out more and read or download the NCL plan here.

Transforming community mental health care across North Central London

Read about NCL's programme to revolutionise mental health care and change ways of working to help people recover sooner and stay well.

Annual public health report 2023

Read this year's public health report focusing on adolescent health

Further information

Camden’s joint Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan 2022-2027

Camden continues to work hand in hand with our voluntary, health and community partners to provide suicide prevention information, advice and support to help people identify early signs and risk factors, prevent suicide and to continue to build both individual and community resilience. Find out more in Camden and Islington’s joint Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan 2022-2027 

Health and Wellbeing Board Neighbourhood Assembly

In 2019 Camden’s Health and Wellbeing Board set out to develop a citizen-led neighbourhood approach to health and wellbeing.

A Neighbourhood Assembly of local residents was established in the west of the borough to examine the key issues around health and wellbeing then co-design and develop placed-based solutions with the Council and local partners.

This work is rooted in the context of both Camden 2025 and the NHS Long Term Plan, providing insights on how the Council and health partners can work in closer partnership with communities as we move towards a more integrated system of health and care.

The neighbourhood-based pilot was delivered by residents with support from Camden Council and FutureGov. A range of other local and community-based
organisations contributed to the process.

Relevant documents and links:

Camden Neighbourhood Assembly project write-up and toolkit. The main report captures the process and learning from the project. It is presented in two parts:

  1. The Camden Neighbourhood Assembly on Health and Wellbeing report – capturing this unique participation model and reflections on the process
  2. Community Engagement Toolkit - tips and learning to help teams to run a Neighbourhood Assembly and other participatory processes.

Camden Neighbourhood Assembly ideas roadmap – Presenting the final outputs, ideas and delivery plans designed by the Neighbourhood Assembly.

Video of co-design event – summer 2019 - watch this short video about the assembly's co-design event (two mins, 18 seconds)


Camden Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022

The Camden Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) looks at the current provision of pharmacies in Camden and how well they meet the needs of residents. It includes information on each of the pharmacies in the borough, including their opening hours and the types of services they offer. 

The PNA was produced in partnership with the Camden Council, Healthwatch, North Central London Integrated Care Board and the Local Pharmaceutical Committee, on behalf of the Camden Health and Wellbeing Board. The PNA looked at multiple sources across different areas in Camden, including the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, demographic and health needs data, mapping of services and access, as well as questionnaires responses from the public, pharmacies and commissioners. These sources were reviewed to consider whether people in Camden have appropriate and accessible access to essential pharmaceutical services. Based on the evidence examined, the latest PNA identified no current or future gaps in the provision of necessary pharmaceutical services in Camden. 

This PNA will enable local pharmacies and commissioners to:

  • Understand the pharmaceutical needs of Camden's population
  • Gain a clearer picture of pharmaceutical services currently provided
  • Make appropriate decisions on applications for NHS pharmacy contracts
  • Commission appropriate and accessible services from community pharmacies
  • Clearly identify and review services from community pharmacies 
  • Target services to reduce health inequalities with local health communities

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