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10 Mar

State of Caring 2020

The State of Caring Survey is the UK’s most comprehensive research into the lives and experience of carers. The 2020 survey is now open and will close on 17 May 2020.

State of Caring 2019 – what you told us:

Last year over 8,000 current and former carers shared their experiences and helped inform our State of Caring 2019 report. Read more in the full report here:

Caring costs: Almost 2 in 5 carers (39%) responding to our survey said they are ‘struggling to make ends meet’. Over two thirds of carers (68%) reported regularly using their own income or savings to pay for care or support services, equipment or products for the person they care for.

Cuts to support: 1 in 8 (12%) of carers reported that they or those they support received less care or support services during the previous year due to a reduction in the amount of support from social services

Carers put themselves last: 53% of carers said that they are not able to save for their retirement, and almost two thirds of carers (64%) say that they have focussed on the care needs of the person they care for, and not on their own needs.

What we did with your evidence:

  • Your evidence of the impact of caring was at the heart of our manifesto for the 2019 General Election campaign, where we called for all political parties to increase support and recognition for carers. Nearly all political parties included reference to carers or caring in their manifestos.
  • Your responses enabled us to provide comprehensive evidence as part of our ongoing work with Sport England to investigate the barriers carers face in taking part in physical activity.
  • Building on evidence from previous years, your experience of working while caring was included in our response to the Government Good Work Plan consultation, making the case for employers to provide more support for carers. As a result, the Government has committed to consulting on the introduction of Care Leave for working carers.

Get in touch:

If you have any questions about the research or would like to request a paper copy of the 2020 survey, please contact our policy team by emailing


9 Mar

Borough Medical Centre Closure

We regretfully write to inform you that both Practices of Borough Medical Centre will be closing on 31st March 2020.


Kindly inform our patients who may still not be aware of our closure and assist where necessary ie. contact us for any queries.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the services you provided over the years.

25 Feb

Waiting for hospital treatment

Have you recently waited for hospital treatment? Or are you waiting right now? Healthwatch Southwark wants to hear about your experience.


14 Feb

Unstoppable An Anthem for Carers

Our empowering service provides you with information and knowledge of your rights so that you are able to ensure that you are receiving everything that you are entitled to. Your donations for this track will allow us to continue offering emergency planning and resources for carers and professionals.

11 Feb

Looking for Dyslexia volunteer tutors

Bell House has started its pilot dyslexia after-school club, where trained volunteers work 1:1 with primary school children. We are hoping to expand this in the coming months, and are looking to train more volunteers to help. If you have a background in working with children, and would like to be involved, please contact us here for more information.

31 Jan

Coming at the SC Film Club


Saturday 18th March 2020 – “Shrek Forever After”

Saturday 1st February 2020 – “The King’s Speech”

Saturday 15th February 2020 – “The Pursuit of Happiness”

Saturday 7th March 2020 – “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”

Saturday 21 March 2020 – “The Favourite”


31 Jan

Southwark Care Awards 2020 now open

Nominations for the Southwark Care Awards 2020 are now open until 29thFebruary. Anyone can nominate a carer in Southwark on this link:


The Southwark Care Awards celebrates paid and unpaid carers who look after an adult in Southwark and the impact that these everyday heroes have in our local communities.


The awards ceremony is going to take place on 29th April in HMS Belfast and will include a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, a three course dinner menu with wine, tea, coffee and chocolates, 1940’s background music and an opportunity to explore the museum.


Three nominees will be shortlisted from each of the nine categories and the winner in each category will be announced at the award ceremony. The categories are:

  1. Home Care worker
  2. Care Home worker
  3. Support worker in a day centre
  4. Supported living worker
  5. Floating support worker
  6. Family/Friend carer
  7. Volunteer carer
  8. Young Carer
  9. Open category


Please help by spreading the word and the nomination link to your contacts. Thank you!

28 Jan

Consultation on the refreshed Housing Strategy

Help us make sure Southwark’s housing strategy is clear and comprehensive by giving us your views on the principles and commitments.

In 2015 Southwark Council agreed a housing strategy to 2043. The housing strategy covers all tenures. As it is now 2020 we have taken the decision to update the Housing Strategy to reflect changes in national policy and to reflect other agreed changes such as commitments in the Council Plan 2018-22.

This new strategy builds on the previous long term strategy, so the principles and commitments are broadly the same. However the principles have been refocused around our key values, affordability, quality, security and pride and responsibility. We have also included many new actions as we set out how we will deliver the strategy.

The housing strategy is based on comments on the previous strategy and comments raised through other consultations, including on the New Southwark Plan, Great Estates, and the intermediate rent housing list. But we want to take this opportunity to check with you whether you agree with the proposed principles and commitments, and to check whether you think anything is missing.

There is a two page summary of the housing strategy attached below which contains the revised overriding principles and commitments.

The full draft strategy and other related information is available online at

Why We Are Consulting

We want to make sure that the revised principles and commitments make sense and cover everything that they need to.

We have attached a two page summary of the housing strategy which contains the revised overriding principles and commitments, as well as a document explaining the changes point by point. This information is also included within the survey so it is easier to review.

Please take a look and let us know what you think.

24 Jul

Millions wasted in failed NHS hospital closure programme

Tens of millions of pounds have been wasted on a major failed hospital closure programme, according to an internal NHS document passed to the Guardian.

A confidential, draft document circulated to NHS North West LondonCollaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups, which serves more than 2 million Londoners, admits the blueprint for one of the NHS’s largest planned reorganisations has failed.

“NHS commissioners and providers in north-west London have therefore decided to draw the SaHF [Shaping a Healthier Future] programme to a conclusion,” the document states.

The proposal was a flagship for reorganisation of the NHS in England when it was launched in 2012 and involved a reduction in the number of acute hospitals in eight London boroughs from nine to five. Julian Bell, the leader of Ealing council, described it as “a monstrous plan”.

It was part of NHS strategy at the time to replace some acute hospitals with care provided in the community.

The document states that £76m has been spent on management consultants for the failed scheme from 2010-11 until the end of 2018. It outlines how health officials can respond to difficult questions that may be asked about the failed scheme. It also discusses preparing people for new changes as part of the NHS’long-term plan, which the document states will involve “difficult decisions and trade offs”.

SaHF argued that four acute hospitals in – Hammersmith, Central Middlesex, Charing Cross and Ealing – could be downgraded. The proposal involved the loss of more than 600 acute hospital beds. The document reports there has been a reduction of just seven hospital beds in the last six years.

The closure of Charing Cross was particularly controversial after plans were revealed to sell off 87% of the valuable central London site by the Guardian. But in March the health secretary, Matt Hancock, announced that plans to close A&E departments at Charing Cross and Ealing hospitals would no longer go ahead.

The document says: “Continued growth in demand for acute care, despite investment in primary and community services, a growing underlying budget deficit and shortfalls in our ability to recruit and retain enough staff with the right skills’ means that the plan, as originally envisaged, is no longer viable.”

It provides statistics about an increase of 227,288 in A&E attendances across north-west London since 2012 – a 4% rise per year, with a 2018-19 waiting list of 177,395 patients, which would require the provision of 95 extra beds for a year to clear the backlog. The document adds there has been a 40% increase in patients waiting for non-urgent surgery.

It reveals how officials plan to “spin” this failure by citing improvements such as 100 new midwives and 90 new children’s nurses.


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