Young People's views on healthecare provision, Camden

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Summary of report content

In 2018, Healthwatch Camden collaborated with William Ellis School and LaSWAP to explore the health and social care issues young people aged fifteen to sixteen in Camden think are important and to find out how they would like health professionals and teachers to communicate with them. William Ellis School is a secondary comprehensive school for boys in Highgate and LaSWAP is a sixth form centre comprised of four small, but closely linked sixth forms. With these groups, Healthwatch Camden coproduced a Youth Social Media campaign week. Healthwatch Camden conducted five focus group sessions with young people. The numbers at the sessions ranged from eleven and seven young people. Their ages ranged from fifteen to sixteen and most attended William Ellis School. They were broadly representative of students at the schools with both males and females participating and different ethnicities and religions. The students worked as a team to identify the issues most important to them. They also used teamwork to create a video. The views expressed by the students were their own views and they were not prompted by the facilitators. Healthwatch Camden facilitated discussions on health issues and also got the young people to decide how they wanted to express their views in a video and on social media. Their choice of social media also provided an idea of which social media platforms they frequent. The young people decided that the three most important health issues to young people in Camden were: workload, body image and drugs. These would be the issues covered in the young people’s videos. The videos were shared on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for five days in order to get as many people as possible to see them. Healthwatch Camden will show this report and accompanying videos to schools, Camden Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group, decision-makers and other organisations that have a role to play in the delivery of health and social care services in Camden.

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General details

Report title 
Young People's views on healthecare provision, Camden
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Camden
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 1 August, 2018
Date evidence capture began 
Sunday, 1 April, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 30 April, 2018
Type of report 
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Consent to care and treatment
Digitalisation of services
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Health protection
Holistic support
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Public involvement
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 
Focus group
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Sexual health
Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Depression and anxiety service
Eating disorder services
Mental health crisis service
Mental health recovery service
Psychiatry / mental health (other services)
Community services 

Details about conditions and diseases

What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
16-17 years
Mixed / multiple ethnic groups
Sexual orientation 
Not known
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? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
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? 
Not applicable
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
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
Tangible impact (not cost related)

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.