London Borough of Camden

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The London Borough of Camden is a borough in North West London, and forms part of Inner London. The southern reaches of Camden form part of central London. The local authority is Camden London Borough Council.

Social Prescribing

In Camden, the Social Prescribing and Care Navigation Service is run by collaboration between Age UK Camden, Voluntary Action Camden (VAC) and Wish Plus to adults aged over 18.

The Age UK Care Navigators who are based at GP surgeries across Camden, are trained frontline, non-clinical staff that support patients with complex health needs over a period of 6 weeks to make the best use of local health and care services.

In addition, Voluntary Action Camden’s Health Advocates Team provide drop in sessions in GP practices and in other community settings, including libraries, community centres and faith groups, speaking to residents directly and offering support with accessing community activity provision, support, information and advice. They aim to improve an individual’s overall quality of life by supporting, signposting and connecting them with community groups and activities and events in their local area.

Wish Plus is able to refer individuals to agencies offering Warmth, Income, Safety and Health advice and services. Camden residents can either contact Wish Plus directly or be referred by Care Navigators or Health Advocates or other services in Camden. The Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Service also works closely with Camden Community Connectors and Mental Health Social Prescribing Services to ensure we all offer a joined up and co-ordinated service to Camden residents.  

Team around the Practice (TAP) is a partnership between Mind in Camden and Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust, providing emotional and practical support to people accessing GP practices in Camden. The TAP service is particularly aimed at people who are feeling stuck, socially isolated, very low, anxious, or who are experiencing persistent pain or a sense of being overwhelmed. The service is open for those who are aged 18 or over and are registered with a Camden GP. The service provides up to 16 sessions of psychotherapy and up to 3 sessions of social prescribing.

The Living Centre is funded by the Francis Crick Institute and run by Somers Town Community Organisation. They work across Camden but mainly in St Pancras & Somers Town which has a high level of deprivation across various indices especially the Bangladeshi population. A lot of current work is taken up by Universal Credit inquiries by project partners and the public.


In 1801, the civil parishes that form the modern borough were already developed and had a total population of 96,795. This continued to rise swiftly throughout the 19th century as the district became built up, reaching 270,197 in the middle of the century. When the railways arrived the rate of population growth slowed, for while many people were drawn in by new employment, others were made homeless by the new central London termini and construction of lines through the district. The population peaked at 376,500 in the 1890s, after which official efforts began to clear the overcrowded slums around St Pancras and Holborn.

After World War II, further suburban public housing was built to rehouse the many Londoners made homeless in the Blitz, and there was an exodus from London towards the new towns under the Abercrombie Plan for London (1944). As industry declined during the 1970s the population continued to decline, falling to 161,100 at the start of the 1980s. It has now begun to rise again with new housing developments on brownfield sites and the release of railway and gas work lands around Kings Cross. A 2017 study found that the eviction rate of 6 per 1,000 renting households in Camden is the lowest rate in London.

The 2001 census gave Camden a population of 198,000, an undercount that was later revised to 202,600. The projected 2006 figure is 227,500.

On 20 May 1999, the Camden New Journal newspaper documented 'Two Camdens' syndrome as a high-profile phenomenon differentiating the characteristics of education services in its constituencies. In 2006, Dame Julia Neuberger's book reported similar variation as a characteristic of Camden's children's health services. Her insider's view was corroboration – in addition to the 2001 "Inequalities" report by Director of Public Health Dr. Maggie Barker of "stark contrasts in" health and education opportunities – of earlier similar Audit Commission findings and a verification/update of the 1999 CNJ report.


Map of all the London Boroughs