Health and housing in Camden

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Camden interviewed local people about the impact of their housing on their health. They wanted to find out to what extent various health and wellbeing support services can help reduce the impact of poor or insecure housing on the health and wellbeing of local residents. They heard that:

Housing issues in Camden are contributing to high levels of stress and anxiety which are detrimental to mental health, poor relationships with landlords and neighbours are a major factor in housing-related stress, stress about rent and security of tenure is common, and there is low awareness and uptake of available support services. 

Healthwatch Camden provided 5 recommendations that focused on integrating health and housing at a strategic and service delivery level, making support services easier to find and use, encouraging GP practices to play a more active role in connecting patient to support community sector services. 

This report contains a service provider response. 


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General details

Report title 
Health and housing in Camden
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Camden
Date of publication 
Monday, 20 May, 2019
Type of report 
Key themes 
Booking appointments
Communication between staff and patients
Health and safety
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Health protection
Information providing
Integration of services
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Public involvement
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Staff attitudes
Staff levels
Waiting time to be seen once arrived at appointment
Waiting times and lists for treatment
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
Structured interview
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Social care services 
Adult social care
Community services 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Specific ethnicity if known 
Sexual orientation 
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.