If you are unhappy with the treatment or service you have received from Connect, you are entitled to make a complaint, have it considered and receive a response in writing. This leaflet describes Connect’s complaints procedure, which is in line with the NHS complaints procedure.
Connect provide a range of services to the NHS, employers and the public, all of whom are included within this procedure.
A complaint can be made by a patient, a carer responsible for a patient or persons affected or likely to be affected by the actions or decision of Connect or its practitioners. A complaint made by someone acting on behalf of the patient, must have the patient’s consent to do so.
The first stage of our Concern & Complaints Procedure is ‘Local Resolution’. This applies principally where a ‘concern’ (usually made verbally in the first instance), is shared with a member of staff at Connect. This could be to one of our Patient Care Advisers over the phone, to the individual practitioner who provided the service, or alternatively to the Connect Manager of that service.
‘Local resolution’ aims to resolve concerns and complaints quickly as close to the source of the complaint as possible, and, if possible, without the need to make a more formal complaint. In our experience, most complaints are due to simple areas of misunderstanding or unforeseen minor errors. In both instances, verbal dialogue, an explanation and if necessary an apology, is all that is required.
If local resolution has not been successful, your concerns have not been addressed or if you feel your complaint is of such significance that it requires escalating to a higher authority, you will need to put your complaint formally in writing (by post, email, or via our website), This should be directed to the local Manager responsible for the service you received, or to Connect’s Head Office for the attention of our Complaints Coordinator (see below).
Please be aware that if you make your complaint verbally, a written record will only be made by Connect, at our discretion. If you make a complaint in writing, Connect will ensure it is logged formally and responded to fully, in writing.
Connect’s timescales for managing complaints are in line with NHS Complaints Management Timescales. For all written complaints that we receive, you will receive:
You will be kept informed of progress if, for any reason, this is not going to happen.
If for any reason, you are unhappy with Connect’s formal response to your complaint, then you should consult with the person/organisation who referred you to Connect (unless you referred yourself). Eg your GP or Employer. If you were referred to Connect via the NHS, (i.e. paid for by your GP) you may have access the independent Patient Advice & Liaison Service, known as PALS, who support patients and carers in trying to resolve any issues as quickly as possible.
Find your local PALS via their website: www.pals.nhs.uk or through your GP Surgery.
[Please some areas no longer have PALS services available to patients].
NHS patients referred to Connect, who remain unhappy after local resolution and independent review, can also seek a further review from the Health Service Ombudsman. The Ombudsman is independent of both the NHS and private organisations and can be contacted at:
Telephone: 0345 015 4033
If you feel the need to make a ‘formal’ complaint about any aspect of treatment or care you have received from Connect, then please send your complaint in writing to:
The Complaints Coordinator
Connect Health (Central Office)
Floor 2 The Light Box,
Quorum Business Park,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
If you prefer to email your complaint, then please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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