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Change to SHSCT Complaints Procedure During COVID Pandemic

17th April 2020

As you are all aware the current COVID-19 poses one of the greatest challenges that society has faced in recent times, and we have all had to make changes to our daily lives to ensure that we work together to protect the most vulnerable members of society.

At the Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT), we have had to make a number of responsive changes following recent developments to ensure the maximum safety of our service users, and to protect our staff as much as possible to ensure that Health and Social Care can keep working in an effective manner and can continue to provide the best level of care possible.

As such, during the current period of emergency measures many routine services will be subject to short notice change and many administrative tasks will be streamlined to ensure that we focus more of our time and resources on the delivery of care to those that need it the most.

As part of this streamlining of administration tasks, the SHSCT will be changing its complaints procedures, during this period. We are now reviewing complaints on a weekly basis, to ensure that any high priority complaints that fall within the following categories can be swiftly discussed and any resulting changes to the SHSCT can be immediately implemented:

  • Immediate risks to patients or staff
  • Actual harm to service users or “near miss” incidents of high severity.
  • Urgent safeguarding concerns
  • Criminal actions

Should your complaint not fall into these categories, then it will be dealt with when we have capacity to do so, and unfortunately at this time, the timeframe for this is uncertain. We appreciate your understanding whilst the SHSCT is dealing with unprecedented demand.