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Consultation on Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board Strategy 2018 - 2021

Safeguarding of Adults Partnership Board Members will recall that at the last Board meeting in October, we informed you that the Board will shortly be embarking on the consultation to inform you of the 2018-2021 Safeguarding Board Strategy. We would like to ensure full engagement of all our partners in shaping the new Strategy.
We hope to have a better response to the consultation by having 2 separate surveys -  one for professionals and one for the public. 
1. Volunteers and partner organisations:  please use the following link: 
2. Carers, service users, patient or community groups: please use the following link: 
This consultation will close on Sunday 10 December 2017.  

Acute Mental Health Day Care Services in Camden

The NHS and local Government are facing increasing financial pressures nationally, with a gap in funding for both health and social care. In Camden, the money we receive from the government is reducing, while demand for local services is increasing. This means we need make sure every pound we spend has the maximum benefit for the health of, and the quality of care for, Camden patients. It has been essential to review our care provision, to check what is working well, but also to see if there are new ways of delivering high quality, cost-effective care within very tight budgets.      
As a result, we have identified our local Mental Health Acute Day Units as an area where cost savings are possible, whilst still providing Camden residents with appropriate, timely and quality care. The reason these services have been identified is because they are being underused. 
We are now consulting to gather the views of Acute Day Units service users, health professionals and members of the public regarding proposed changes.
In Camden there are currently two Mental Health Acute Day Units offering care for patients with urgent mental health needs: Jules Thorn (based on the St Pancras Hospital site) and Daleham Gardens (near Swiss Cottage and Finchley Road). In addition, the Highgate Day Centre (near Kentish Town station) provides care for residents with less urgent, often longer-term, needs. As such, we are considering two options within the public consultation for future services that will make them sustainable:
1. Strengthen Acute Care at the Jules Thorn unit, support more people to access Highgate Day Centre and close the Daleham Garden Unit (this is Camden CCG and C&I’s preferred option)
2. Strengthen Acute Care at the Daleham Gardens Unit, support more people to access Highgate Day Centre and close the Jules Thorn Unit.
A full consultation document with the options to be consulted on and background is attached. 
The proposed changes would not result in an overall reduction in the treatment or services available in Camden. Our aim is to ensure mental health care is delivered at the right time and in the most appropriate setting.
You can also participate by taking part in our survey on Citizens Space open to 10 January 2018 which can be done via our website or by attending a consultation event at The Somers Town and St Pancreas Living Centre on Monday 27th November from 13:00 to 16:00 where you can speak to commissioners about the proposals.

For further information please click here.

Camden Autism Partnership Board - 2x Vacancies 

Camden Council have set up the Camden Autism Partnership Board to discuss services and support available in Camden.
The main point to the meetings is to raise awareness in Camden and make Camden more autism friendly.

The board is seeking two Camden residents including one who is aged 18+ with a diagnosis of autism.
For further information click here to download the advert - which includes the full requirements of the role.
Please click here to view a easy read version of the above advert.

For further information (an informal conversation) please contact Dulwinder Jandu on 020 7974 3587 or text Kate (as she is hard of hearing) on 07950 856 851.

Camden Clinical Commissioning Group - Long Term Conditions Survey

Camden Clinical Commissioning Group is considering ways to improve the delivery of care and support for people with one or more long term conditions. These are health problems that cannot currently be cured but are controlled by medication or treatments that can include lifestyle changes. Examples of the conditions under review are diabetes, breathing problems (COPD), some heart conditions, stroke, hypertension (high blood pressure) and chronic kidney disease. This consultation seeks to find out what might help people living in Camden to manage their conditions with confidence.
Although you may see the doctor regularly, you may be taking medicines and making decisions about your health every day. We want to know about the information, care and support that you have received. Was it enough to help you understand your health problems and help you deal with your conditions? Have you gained useful information from other sources such as health charities and online information? We want to know what you have found useful. Did you come across any problems or difficulties? Knowing what these are will help the Clinical Commissioning Group plan services for the future.
If you have one or more long term conditions, we would like you to complete this survey to help us understand how you manage your condition, what problems you may have and what you think would help you.
Click here to complete the survey.

Help Remember Eleanor Rathbone, the Mother of Child Benefit

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first payment of Family Allowance (now Child Benefit) grandmothers and great-grandmothers are being invited to share their memories by being interviewed for an Oral History Project. For more information, or if you want to share your memories or know someone who might, please contact: Lesley Urbach, Remembering Eleanor Rathbone, email or telephone 07976 608 786 or go to


CCS offers a range of opportunities for volunteering. Volunteers are recruited and managed by our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Azka Sohail, as part of the Breaks and Activities Team. 
Current volunteer roles include
  • Befrienders for older carers. Click here for role description.
  • Support at events and activities. 
  • General office and admin support, including mailings.
  • Publicity group (carer-volunteers). Click here for brief details. 
  • Members of the CCC Board of Trustees
  • Volunteer walk leader (see below):

Free one-day courses are available to anyone interested in leading walks for the Camden Walking for Health scheme. The training is aimed at anyone who would like to set up a new walk with an existing community or interest group, or volunteer with an existing or new health walk in Camden. It's a great way to socialise, keep active and find out more about your local area. You will join a team of volunteers and be fully supported by the Camden Active Living team.
To find out more about the course or to book a place email or phone 020 7428 8950. Click here for a Walk Leaders' newsletter. 

If you would like to know more about volunteering with CCS, please click Volunteering on the sidebar or contact Azka on the above phone number or email address.

Camden Carers' Voice

CCV is the independent voice of unpaid carers and former carers in Camden. It represents the interests and needs of carers by being carer-led, drawing on everyone's skills, talents and abilities to campaign and lobby for carers' rights. It is managed by a Steering Group of representatives - all carers or former carers. Find out more
Since 2014 CCS/CCV has had an an elected Camden councillor as its Carers’ Champion. From May 2015 this has been Councillor Richard Cotton.
CCV meetings dates:
The first meeting in 2017 was held on Thursday 16th February. The meeting included discussions around the Sustainability and Transformation Plan and what this could mean to carers in Camden, with Council Leader, Cllr Sarah Hayward. (The CCV Steering Group had earlier submitted a deputation to the Council to ensure any changes take into account the impact on carers.) 

The last meeting of the year is an end of year celebration will be on 30th November, at the Mayor’s Parlour, Judd Street, Camden. 

Click here to download a flyer.

For further information on CCV, please contact Philippa Russell at Centre 404: 020 7697 1336 or email


Wall Climbing for people with disabilities

Launching on 30th June 2017, taking place at Swiss Cottage Lesiure Centre, Adelaide Road, London, NW3 3NF.

Every Friday:
• 7-8pm Climbing for people who are blind or partially sighted.
• 8-9pm Climbing for wheelchair users and people with physical disabilities

Try your first session for free.
£5 per session per person aged 16+.

For more information and to register your interest, please contact Swiss Cottage Climbing Centre by calling 020 7974 1351 or email