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Complaints

This page explains how to raise a concern with us. This includes situations where you're not happy with the service provided by Public Health Wales, or if you have any concerns you think we should know about.

Information for children and young people

An information leaflet has been produced for children to explain how they can raise a concern.

For support and advocacy please contact the Meic helpline.

What is a concern?

A concern is when you feel unhappy about any service provided by the Public Health Wales. By telling us about your concern, we can apologise to you, investigate and try to put things right. We will also learn lessons and improve services where they need to be better.

There are some things that we cannot deal with under the arrangements such as:

  • Private healthcare
  • A complaint which has was made and investigated under the arrangements that were in place before 1 April 2011.

Who should I talk to about my concern?

If you feel able to do so, the best place to start is by talking to the staff who were involved with your care and treatment. 

They can try to sort out your concern immediately. If this doesn’t help or if you do not want to speak to staff who provided the service, then you can contact a member of the concerns team.

If you need help to tell us about your concern, please let us know, or contact your local Community Health Council. They provide a free and independent advocacy service, which is able to help patients or the people acting for them to raise a concern.

The CHC will offer advice and support, including putting you in touch with specialist advocacy services if you need them. 

Who can raise a concern?

If this is something that has happened to you, you can raise the concern yourself. If you prefer, a carer, friend, relative or your local CHC can represent you, but you will be asked to agree to this.

How soon should I tell someone about my concern?

It is best to talk to someone about your concern as soon as possible after the problem happened but you can take up to 12 months to let us know. If a longer time has passed but there are good reasons for the delay, tell us anyway, as we may still be able to deal with your concern.

Public Health Wales Concerns Team

Phone:

(029) 2010 4311

Email:

Complaints.publichealthwales@wales.nhs.uk

Post:

Rhiannon Beaumont-Wood,
Executive Director of Quality, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals

Public Health Wales
Number 2 Capital Quarter

Tyndall Street

Cardiff

CF10 4BZ

 

Complaints relating to compliance with Welsh Language Standards

Public Health Wales is implementing the Welsh Language Standards Regulations (No.7) 2018. 
If you wish to raise a complaint relating to Public Health Wales’ compliance with the Welsh Language Standards, you can contact us in Welsh or English. You'll find more information and contact details in the document below:

Complaints relating to compliance with Welsh Language Standards 

What happens next?

We will:

  • let you know that we have received your concern within two working days (weekends and bank holidays not included);

  • at the same time, ask you if you have any particular needs that we should be aware of in dealing with your concern;
  • also ask you how much you want to be involved and get your consent to accessing your health records, if this is needed;
  • investigate your concern;
  • as part of the investigation, decide with you whether we need to get specialist advice (such as a clinical opinion) or other independent help with sorting out your concern;
  • let you know what we have found and what we are going to do about it;
  • in most cases, let you have a final reply within 30 working days of the date when we first received your concern (weekends and bank holidays not included). If we can’t reply to you in that time, we will give you the reasons why and let you know when you can expect a reply.

Some cases might need further investigation under the Redress arrangements.

Redress is a range of actions that can be taken to resolve a concern where the organisation might have been at fault in causing some harm. It can include a written apology and explanation of what happened, an offer of treatment/rehabilitation to help relieve the problem and/or financial compensation.

If Redress may apply to your concern, we will let you know what this means in more detail.

Who is responsible for dealing with my concern?

The team in Public Health Wales responsible for dealing with concerns are:

  • The independent member is to be appointed
  • The Executive Director (Responsible Officer) is Rhiannon Beaumont-Wood, Executive Director of Quality, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals
  • The Senior Investigation Officer is Gay Reynolds, Governance and General Manager

The Handling Concerns Structure has been produced which illustrates how concerns are dealt with within Public Health Wales.

What should I do if I'm still unhappy?

If your concern has been looked at by us and you are still not happy with our response, you can contact the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales.