Health Checks Hull Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure

1. Our Aim

Health Checks Hull is committed to providing a quality service and working in an open and accountable way that builds trust and respect. One of the ways in which we can continue to improve our service is by listening and responding to the views of our clients and by responding positively to complaints to make improvements. 

Therefore, we aim to ensure: 

  • making a compliment or complaint is as easy as possible 
  • we welcome compliments, feedback and suggestions 
  • we treat a complaint as a clear expression of dissatisfaction with our service which calls for an immediate response 
  • we deal with it promptly, politely and, when appropriate, confidentially 
  • we respond in the right way, for example, with an explanation, or an apology where we have got things wrong, or information on any action taken. 
  • we learn from complaints, use them to improve our service, and review annually our complaints policy and procedures 

This policy ensures we welcome compliments and provide guidelines for dealing with complaints from the public about our services, facilities, staff and wider community. 


2. Definitions

A compliment is an expression of dissatisfaction about the standard of service we provide.  

A complaint is defined as any expression of dissatisfaction. This would include complaints expressed face to face, via a phone call, in writing, via email or any other method. All staff should have sufficient knowledge to be able to identify an ‘expression of dissatisfaction’ even when the word ‘complain’, or ‘complaint’ is not used.  


3. Complaints

The formal complaints procedure is intended to ensure all complaints are handled fairly, consistently and wherever possible resolved to the complainant's satisfaction. 


4. Responsibilities

Health Checks Oxford’s responsibility will be to: 

  • acknowledge the formal complaint in writing; 
  • respond within a stated period of time; 
  • deal reasonably and sensitively with the complaint; and 
  • take action where appropriate. 

A complainant's responsibility is to: 

  • The complainant shall begin the procedure by verbally discussing the matter with the service lead within 7 working days after the event occurrence.  
  • Bring their complaint, in writing, to Health Check Hull’s attention normally within eight weeks of the issue arising. 
  • Raise concerns promptly and directly with a member of staff in Health Check Hull. 
  • Explain the problem as clearly and as fully as possible, including any action taken to date; 
  • Allow Health Check Hull a reasonable time to deal with the matter, and 
  • Recognise that some circumstances may be beyond Health Check Hull’s control. 


6. Confidentiality:

Except in exceptional circumstances, every attempt will be made to ensure that both the complainant and Health Check Hull maintain confidentiality. However, the circumstances giving rise to the complaint may be such that it may not be possible to maintain confidentiality (with each complaint judged on its own facts). Should this be the case, the situation will be explained to the complainant.


7. Complaints Procedure:

Written records must be made by Health Check Hull at each stage of the procedure. 

Stage 1

In the first instance, staff member(s) must establish the seriousness of the complaint. An informal approach is appropriate when it can be achieved. But if concerns cannot be satisfactorily resolved informally, then the formal complaints procedure should be followed.

Stage 2

If the complaint cannot be resolved informally, the member of the public should be advised that a formal complaint may be made, and the following procedure should be explained to them. It may sometimes be appropriate for a different member of staff, preferably a member of the Management Team, to make this explanation. 

  1. A formal complaint can be made either verbally or in writing. If in writing the attached form should be used. If verbally, a statement should be taken by a member of the Management Team, staff member or a supervisor.  
  2. In all cases, the complaint must be passed on to the Service Lead.  
  3. The Service Lead, depending on the nature of the complaint, must acknowledge the complaint in writing within one week of receiving it. 
  4. The Service Lead will investigate the complaint. Any conclusions reached should be discussed with the staff member involved and management team. 
  5. The person making the complaint will receive a response based on the investigation within four weeks of the complaint being received. If this is not possible then a letter must be sent explaining why. 

Stage 3

  1. If the complainant is not satisfied with the above decision, then a Executive Board will be convened. 
  2. The board will examine the complaint and may wish to carry out further interviews, examine files / notes. They will respond within four weeks in writing. Their decision will be final.