START WELL, LIVE WELL, AND AGE WELL: Camden Council drafts new strategy to tackle growing health inequalities affecting residents living in the borough

Camden Town Hall, © Credit: Photographer, Jonathan Owen, Building, Assemble Media Group

A new ‘Health and Wellbeing Strategy’ is in its early stages of development for people who work, live or receive care in the borough

Due to consistent strain on public services following the COVID-19 pandemic, Camden Council is introducing a brand new strategy in efforts to “put health equity at the heart of local policy” and has invited local residents to share their views its proposal.

The council’s Health and Wellbeing Board has already established a number of partnerships across the health and social care sector to consult on leadership and a variation of complex issues.

A resident asking questions at the Citizens’ Assembly on Health and Social Care in Camden Crowndale Centre, 29th February 2020, © Credit: Photographer, Justin Thomas

Residents are invited to voice their opinions on the borough’s long-term strategic ambitions, principles on guidance, short-term priority areas for action, and the strategy’s population health approach.

Identified areas for improvement include: community connectedness and friendships, good work and employment, and healthy and ready for school. 

29th February 2020, Leader of Camden Council, Councillor Georgia Gould speaking at the Citizens’ Assembly on Health and Social Care in Camden Crowndale Centre, © Credit: Photographer: Justin Thomas

Councillor Pat Callaghan, Cabinet Member for a Healthy and Caring Camden, introduced the draft strategy, alongside Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council, who said:

“Our draft strategy comes at a time of profound challenge to the local health and care system, where COVID-19 has placed unprecedented demands on services and amplified the deep-rooted inequalities that persist in our society.”

Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council

“We also know that the people most likely to be impacted by economic uncertainty and disruption brought about by the pandemic are the same as those most likely to experience poor health outcomes.”

Citizens’ Assembly on Health and Social Care in Camden Crowndale Centre, 29th February 2020, © Credit: Photographer, Justin Thomas

Findings were discovered by the borough’s Health and Care Citizens’ Assembly, who brought local residents together to have a discussion about healthcare services in the borough . 

The Assembly presented the concerns raised by local representatives to Camden Council and community health organisations, in an attempt to educate and inform policy makers behind the ‘Health and Wellbeing Strategy’ and the board’s commitment to co-designing services with local people at the forefront. 

Crowndale Centre, 29th February 2020, Citizens’ Assembly on Health and Social Care in Camden, © Credit: Photographer, Justin Thomas

The Health and Care Citizens’ Assembly, was launched in back in February 2020, to look at the future of healthcare and wellbeing in the London Borough of Camden.

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