Policy and Procedure for Complaints
Priscilla Bacon Norfolk Hospice Care Ltd aims to provide its members, organisations and individuals with the best possible service. We positively welcome suggestions you may have for how we can improve our service.
Usually, a word with the person at the point of service delivery will suffice. However, we recognise that from time to time there may be occasions when users of our services feel that the quality or level of service provided falls short of what they could reasonably expect. We also want to know about these occasions, so that we can make good the problem and plan to avoid its repetition.
If you have a complaint, we would like you to tell us about it.
This is what you should do:
1. If you have a complaint to make, it should be made to Mark Nicholas, CEO* who will try to resolve the issue informally.
2. If the issue is serious, or you are not satisfied after raising it with Mark Nicholas, you should make a formal complaint.
3. Your complaint should be made in writing, marked “Private & Confidential” and sent to Mark Nicholas* who will acknowledge it in writing, (normally within 7 days of receipt). Remember to keep a copy of your letter. If you need an interpreter or advocate to help you make your complaint, Priscilla Bacon Norfolk Hospice Care Ltd can arrange this for you.
4. Mark Nicholas shall – in consultation with the Chair of the Trustee Board – investigate the complaint.
5. Mark Nicholas shall communicate the results of the investigation to you within a reasonable time – normally 21 days.
6. You have the right – if dissatisfied with the results of the inquiry – to put your case in writing, or personally, to a panel comprising at least three members from the Priscilla Bacon Norfolk Hospice Care Ltd Trustee Board. If attending personally, you have the right to be accompanied by a friend or advocate to help put your case. (The panel also has the right to have an advisor present).
7. The decision of the panel will be final.
8. Where appropriate, Priscilla Bacon Norfolk Hospice Care Ltd will make a written apology to the complainant, and agree any further action necessary to make good the cause of the complaint.
9. All formal complaints and the response made to them will be recorded and filed in a secure place.
10. The Trustee Board shall be informed by Mark Nicholas, at the first available meeting, of the number and nature of any formal complaints and their outcome, and consideration will be given to the implications these have for the planning and management of future services annually, as part of Priscilla Bacon Norfolk Hospice Care Ltd self-evaluation.
* if a complaint relates to Mark Nicholas, read “Chair” for “Mark Nicholas”.
Review date: October 2021