Policy and Procedure Regarding Complaints



Introduction


The atmosphere in the home should be such that residents will feel able to make a complaint or express some concern and feel confident that the complaint or concern would be dealt with quickly and fairly. Complaints can provide a focus for improvement of care provision. Complaints or suggestions may be received from individuals or groups of residents.


Aims


To ensure that all complaints are dealt with quickly (within 28 days), efficiently and fairly and the knowledge gained is used constructively to improve care.



Actions


Any complaint or suggestion will be dealt with in the strictest confidence, free from reprisals and conducted in a sensitive and caring manner. Residents will be encouraged to bring complaints or express concerns on any subject to the attention of - in the first instance - to either their Key Worker or to the proprietors. All complaints will be recorded in a complaints book as will the action taken to rectify the situation. The complaint must be responded to within 28 days. Thereafter, if the complaint is not resolved further action should be taken as follows:
you can refer your complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) and ask for it to be reviewed. 


The LGO provides a free, independent service. The LGO Advice Team can be contacted for information and advice, or to register your complaint:    
 
T: 0300 061 0614 
E: advice@lgo.org.uk
W:

www.lgo.org.uk

The LGO will not usually investigate a complaint until the provider has had an opportunity to respond and resolve matters. Our service is registered with and regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC cannot get involved in individual complaints about providers, but is happy to receive information about our services at any time. 

You can contact the CQC at:

Care Quality Commission National Correspondence
Citygate 
Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 4PA
T: 03000 616161    
W: www.cqc.org.uk/contactus.cfm
 



Staff and residents will be informed of the no smoking policy of the home. Additional information about fire safety can be found in Supplement 5 of The Manor House health and safety policy statement