Single Camden Public Health service to run from autumn 2022

In autumn 2022, Camden and Islington’s joint public health service will separate into two borough-specific services. In Camden, the decision was made by Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council.

Camden and Islington’s joint public health service was established nearly 10 years ago. During that time the service has worked across both boroughs to deliver improvements in health and wellbeing. The establishment of the North Central London Integrated Care System and borough-based boards means that we are now operating in a different strategic environment. We are also facing new and emerging public health challenges as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on our local communities and residents. 

This decision to establish two single borough-based services will enable us to better embed public health in all policies across Camden. It will also allow us to take an even more targeted approach to tackling the issues that we are facing, working deep in our communities and continuing to collaborate with our residents. This will enable us to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of Camden residents and reduce health inequalities.

Whilst we will no longer have a shared service, I look forward to continuing a close working relationship with public health colleagues in Islington, collaborating on shared population health challenges and jointly commissioning public health services where it makes sense to do so. Our current service contracts remain unchanged. I would like to thank all of the staff who worked tirelessly through the pandemic and who are now helping us move forward into our new borough-based services.

Kirsten Watters, Camden’s Director of Public Health