West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for planning and commissioning (buying) healthcare for residents living within the West Leicestershire area (including Hinckley and Bosworth, Ashby, Loughborough, Coalville, North and South Charnwood and North West Leicestershire).
Whilst we always aim to commission high quality services, we understand that sometimes things can go wrong and we want to learn from you by listening to your complaints, feedback and experiences of the NHS to improve our services for the benefit of our patients and the local community.
Who can make a complaint?
A complaint can be made by a patient or a person likely to be affected by the actions or decisions of an NHS organisation, or primary care practitioner. A complaint can also be made by someone acting on behalf of the patient, or person, with their consent.
Is there a time limit for making a complaint?
You should make a complaint with 12 months of the event(s) concerned, or within 12 months of becoming aware that you had cause to complain. A complaint made outside of the time limit will be considered by the CCG, and we will decide if the complaint can still be properly investigated.
How do I make a complaint?
If you choose to make your complaint verbally, a member of the Corporate Affairs Team will discuss your concerns with you and confirm what you would like as an outcome of your complaint. A written record of your complaint will then be provided to you for you to review and amend as appropriate to confirm it is an accurate record of your complaint.
You can also submit the details of your complaint in the following ways:
Writing to: Complaints Officer
Corporate Affairs Team
West Leicestershire CCG
Calling the Corporate Affairs Team on 01509 567702.
Or alternatively you can complete the online request form on the ‘Contact Us Tab’.
Any information you give to us will be treated as strictly confidential. We may need to collect personal information from you in order to provide the best possible services however the CCG will not give your personal details to anyone without your consent.
The timescale for responding to your complaint will be agreed with you and you will receive a written reply to confirm the details of the investigation into your complaint. Following the investigation into your complaint, you will receive a written response from the CCG, which we will include any conclusions that we have reached in respect of your complaint and any further action that is considered to be appropriate.
We understand that some people worry whether their treatment will be adversely affected because they have raised a complaint. In line with national NHS policy there will be no detriment to your treatment and you will not be penalised in any way because you have made a complaint. Your complaint will not be placed on any part of your medical records.
Can I get help to make my complaint?
POhWER NHS Complaints Service can support you to make a complaint and offer a free and confidential service that is independent of the NHS.
Telephone: 0300 200 0084
Website: Pohwer website
PO Box 14043
Text: send the word 'pohwer' with your name and number to 81025
Fax: 0300 456 2365
Minicom: 0300 456 2364
The support centre is open Monday to Friday from 8am - 6pm
What if I am unhappy with the way in which the NHS has handled my complaint?
You can ask the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman to consider it further:
Telephone helpline: 0345 015 4033
Website: Ombudsman website