Complaints: Policy and procedure
Individuals and organisations have the right to express their views about the performance of Healthwatch Greenwich and the way in which it conducts its business.
Anyone who is dissatisfied with any aspect of the service received by Healthwatch Greenwich can make a complaint.
We will treat both concerns and complaints in the same way.
It is the policy Healthwatch Greenwich to:
- Listen carefully to your concern.
- Be polite, helpful and deal with your complaint fairly and efficiently.
- Let you know how we are getting on with your complaint, admitting any mistakes made and putting matters right wherever possible.
- Give the right of appeal against a decision made by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
- Provide reasonable adjustments to the procedure set out below to empower those who need support in making a complaint, such as the right to be accompanied in any necessary meetings and providing accessible information formats.
- Use your feedback to improve our service for all who need it.
Complaints we cannot deal with:
- Complaints or concerns about the NHS, which should be dealt with through the NHS complaints procedure.
- Complaints about the provision of social care services which should be dealt with by the Royal Borough of Greenwich complaints procedure.
- Our team can signpost you to the correct organisation that is best placed to handle your complaint.
Equality, diversity and inclusion
Healthwatch Greenwich is committed to ensuring all complaints are handled free from any form of discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
Healthwatch Greenwich will monitor this policy in order to identify whether it is having an adverse impact on any group of individuals and act accordingly.
To help us handle your complaint we will keep a record of all the information we gather. All information held and processed shall be treated in confidence. Such information will be shared with representatives of Healthwatch Greenwich only to the extent required to resolve the complaint in accordance with this policy and procedure.
Our complaints policy
If the details of a complaint are to be used for quality improvement or training purposes, express permission will be sought from the complainant and personal details will be anonymised from all information prior to it being used.
All personal information collected by Healthwatch Greenwich shall be handled in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as detailed in our Data Protection Policy. How we will handle your complaint
How we will handle your complaint
How to raise a concern or make a complaint about Healthwatch Greenwich
Let us know if you need our complaints procedure in a different format such as Easy Read, large print, another language or any other format and we will make reasonable adjustments to support you in sharing your concern or complaint with us.
- In the first instance we would encourage you to tell us as soon as possible if you are unhappy with our service so that we can understand your concerns and quickly try to put things right for you.
- Providing information or discussing misunderstandings and misconceptions at this early stage may enable your concern or complaint to be successfully resolved. You can discuss with any member of the team or contact us via telephone, email or letter (contact details below).
- If your concern or complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction, then you should notify the CEO of Healthwatch Greenwich to enable an investigation to take place:
- Telephone: 020 8301 8340 or 07903 685550
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Letter: FAO Joy Beishon, Healthwatch Greenwich, 9-11 Gunnery Terrace, London, SE18 6SW
- If your concern or complaint relates to the CEO, then you can notify the Chair of the Healthwatch Greenwich Board
- Telephone: 020 8301 8340
- Email: Lynne@healthwatchgreenwich.co.uk
- Letter: FAO Lynne Gilchrist, Healthwatch Greenwich, 9-11 Gunnery Terrace, London, SE18 6SW
- The CEO or Chair will acknowledge your concern or complaint in writing (or in your preferred method of communication) within 7 days. They will contact you to acquire as much information as possible and explain how your concern or complaint will be handled.
- The CEO or Chair of Healthwatch Greenwich will review and arrange investigation of all concerns and complaints. They will gather relevant information and carefully evaluate that information to decide on your complaint.
They will act to resolve your complaint within 15 working days, and will advise you of the outcome in writing, explaining the decision and how it has been reached. If more than 15 working days are needed, you will be contacted and updated with progress and a new timescale agreed.
- If you are not happy with the outcome at this stage, you will be able to appeal. Let us know within 20 days of receiving your written reply from us, and your concern or complaint will be passed to a member of the Healthwatch Greenwich board who has not previously been involved with your complaint.
They will review the facts and consider all the evidence to decide if your appeal is upheld. They will share their findings and confirm their decision to you in writing within 20 working days. The concern or complaint will then be closed.
- If you are still not satisfied you can take your concern or complaint to Royal Borough of Greenwich Local Authority, who can be contacted in the following ways:
- Telephone: 020 8854 8888
- Email: https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/contact
- Letter: Customer Services, The Woolwich Centre, Wellington Street, Woolwich, SE18 6HQ
You may also subsequently take your concern or complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman who can be contacted in the following ways:
- By visiting: www.lgo.org.uk
- Telephone: 0300 061 0614
Review of policy document
The Board of Healthwatch Greenwich will review the effectiveness of the complaints policy and procedures set out in this document every three years. Any amendments to this policy and the procedures governing complaints will require a simple majority of board members voting in favour.
Complaints policy and procedures
- Version: 1
- Author: Anastasia Terzoglou
- Approved by: CEO
- Date approved: 12.7.2021
- Effective date: July 2021
- Review date: July 2024