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A guide to complaints resolution



A guide to complaints resolution


Health and Community Services Complaints Commission annual report; Reports; PublicationNT




Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).




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14 Health and Community Services Complaints Commission THE COMPLAINTS SYSTEM IS RESPONSIVE In a responsive complaint resolution system, complaints are dealt with in a timely and efficient manner which addresses the concerns and needs of all persons involved in the complaint. PRINCIPLE 6: Staff: Staff understand the complaint process. They expect to be informed of the progress of any complaint made about them from the time it is first received until it is complete. They are updated when changes to services arising from the complaint are put in place. Service Users: Complaints are acknowledged as soon as they are received. People making a complaint are advised of the complaint process and expected timelines, and regularly updated as to the progress of the complaint. They are consulted regarding how the complaint is best resolved and whether the organisations response resolves the complaint. They are advised when service improvements arising from their complaint are put in place. Morries family complained to the team leader that Jay, the Occupational Therapist, was rude to him. The family said Jay didnt listen when he visited Morrie at home to work out what help they all needed so that Morrie could stay living independently with his family. Because this was the second complaint about Jay, the team leader decided to use a formal process to resolve the complaint. Jay was worried about the complaint. The team leader told Jay about how the complaint would be managed and that it would take no longer than a month to conclude the complaint process. During this time, Morrie, his family and Jay were all updated as to what was happening. All parties agreed the complaint was resolved with the outcome that Jay would attend training to help him work with people in a more respectful way.