Formal complaint received (written, e-mail or verbal)
Case reviewed and acknowledged within 3 working days.
Risk assessed with any high risk cases escalated to the Safeguarding Team
Assess need for consent, contact complainant if necessary and agree approach and timescales.
Endeavour to achieve 25 working day timescales, but negotiable depending on complexity of complaint.
Complaint Team to identify investigation lead/service manager and forward case along with investigation tool if appropriate. Request response within 10 working days.
On receipt of completed investigation Complaint Manager to assess all issues have been addressed.
Complaints Team to draft formal letter of response, offering further contact with the complainant if necessary and providing details of the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman.
Draft response to have final review from investigation lead.
Complaint files and draft response to be reviewed by Director of Nursing and Quality.
Once approved, complaint file and response to Accountable Officer for review and signature.
Final letter of response sent to complainant.
The time limit for making a complaint is 12 months from the date on which the matter being complained about occurred, or 12 months from the date on which the complainant became aware of the grounds for complaint. A complaint made outside the time limit will be considered by the CCGs who will decide if the case can still be properly investigated.
A complaint can be made on behalf of a child, a person assessed under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 as not having capacity, consent provided for another person to handle complaint on their behalf and if a person has died by the next of kin or power of attorney.
NHS Complaints Advocacy has been established by the Department of Health to provide complainants with writing letters, preparing for meetings and explore options at each stage of the complaint.
Post: NHS England, PO Box 16728, Redditch, B97 9PT.
For help finding your nearest GP, dentist, pharmacist or optician, you can use the online search on the NHS Choices website here.
Management of Persistent and Vexatious Complainants Policy
The Management of Persistent and Vexatious Complainants Policy sets out the clear and fair process for dealing with situations where a complainant might be considered to be persistent, habitual or vexatious in manner.
NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group are committed to dealing with all complaints fairly and impartially however there are a small number of complainants who may, because of the frequency and nature of their contact, be considered vexatious. The policy provides definition of vexatious complainants and the application of the process.
If you have any concerns about how your information is to be used then please contact the CCG’s Caldicott Guardian, Dr Dr Sanjay Gadhia at Corby Enterprise Centre, London Road, Priors Hall, Corby NN17 5EU.
Mike Alexander is our Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) and he has has lead responsibility to ensure organisational information risk is properly identified, managed and that appropriate assurance mechanisms exist.