Camden begins first Citizens’ Assembly to improve healthcare locally

The Council are holding the borough’s first ever Citizens’ Assembly to look at the future of healthcare and wellbeing in Camden.

Held over five sessions, the first of which took place last Saturday (29 February), the Citizens’ Assembly will bring together residents, GPs, hospitals and the Council to find ways to make Camden the best place to live and grow now and in the future.

Building on the success of the UK’s first Camden climate crisis Citizens’ Assembly that took place last year, the Assembly on health and care will provide an opportunity for residents to get involved to help shape the future of health and social care in the borough.

The Assembly is made up of around fifty residents who will participate in a series of events to discuss their top ambitions for health and care services in the borough, before attending a final meeting in June to agree their recommendations.

All recommendations will then be made to the Council and local NHS organisations to develop the Camden joint health and wellbeing strategy, which will act as a framework for care services in the borough over the next few years.

Saturday’s session opened with speeches from guests including Leader of the Council, Councillor Georgia Gould and experts from the Royal Free, UCLH, Healthwatch Camden, Voluntary Action Camden, Camden Clinical Commissioning Group, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. The speakers discussed their roles in health and care in the Borough and highlighted the importance of the Assembly.