If you have any feedback or concerns on health, public health or social care services,these can be shared with Healthwatch Warwickshire.
Healthwatch will collect this information and use it to inform future service improvements.
For more information go to: www.healthwatchwarwickshire.co.uk
Complaints about the Public Health functions of Local Authorities
Public Health complaints are handled in line with the NHS Bodies and Local Authorities (Partnership Arrangements, Care Trusts, Public Health and Local Healthwatch) Regulations 2012.( SI 2012/ 3094)
What is Public Health?
Public health is about improving and protecting the health of groups of people, rather than about treating individual patients. It is about helping people to stay healthy and avoid becoming ill.
The Public Health team at Warwickshire County Council commissions services across a range of policy areas, including:
- Sexual health
- Health checks
- Weight management and physical activity
- Drugs and alcohol
- Smoking cessation
- Children’s health (5-19 year olds)
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Health advocacy.
The Public Health service is not responsible for providing health services to individuals for example through hospitals. Complaints concerning these services should be directed to the Clinical Commissioning Groups or to PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) for your hospital or service provider.
What to do if you have a complaint about Public Health Services
In the first instance you should talk directly to the provider of the services about which you have concerns. They will have a complaints procedure which you can use to make sure your concerns are heard.
If you come to us first we will ask your permission to pass your complaint to the appropriate service provider if you are not complaining about a service provided directly by Warwickshire County Council.
If you feel unable to contact your service provider or you are dissatisfied with their response, you can complain directly to the Council, using the Public Health Service Complaints Procedure.
How we will deal with your complaint
The legislation challenges us to resolve complaints speedily and efficiently and to keep you informed, as far as reasonably practicable, as to the progress of the investigation.
We will acknowledge the complaint not later that three working days after the day on which we receive it and will offer to discuss with you how the complaint will be handled and how long this may take.
The timescales are:
The complaint must be made not later than 12 months from the incident occurring, or of the incident coming to the attention of the customer
The complaint must be acknowledged within 3 working days of it being received by the Council, and a meeting offered to discuss how it is to be handled and how long a response is likely to take.
The complaint process must be completed within 6 months of the complaint being received and a report sent which explains how the complaint has been considered and the conclusions reached. Hopefully most issues can be resolved much more quickly.
If an outcome cannot be reached in six months we will tell you and aim to complete the investigation as soon as is practicable.
What to do if you are not happy with the outcome of your complaint
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive when the report of the investigation into your complaint is completed you may take your complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO).
The Local Government Ombudsman