East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS - NHS Trust
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Patient Experience

Here you can find out more about our Patient Experience team and how to discuss the service you have received from us.  

We aim to provide a high quality service to our patients so it is important that we continually improve our service as a result of feedback from our patients.  We welcome feedback whether it is to say ‘thank you’ for a positive experience, or you feel that we could have done better.  

 

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The Patient Experience team has responsibility for:

 

- Our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

- Compliments

- Formal complaints

- Patient Experience – surveys, stories, journey mapping

 

 

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

 

Our PALS team can:

 

Listen

A confidential listening and support service for any concerns you may have.

 

Advise

Immediate advice on how to resolve your concerns

 

Help

Help you with your concerns by providing information

 

A concern raised through PALS is an informal way of raising a concern.  Please be assured that all concerns are taken seriously and thoroughly investigated. 

 

Our Patient Experience team work office hours Monday to

Friday.  Outside of these hours you can contact either by voicemail or email.  One of our Patient Experience Coordinators will contact you on

the next working day to acknowledge your concern.

 

When you raise a concern one of our Patient Experience team

will confirm the issues you would like us to look into, confirm your

desired outcome and agree timescales with you.  Once a concern

has been investigated you will receive a response over the telephone

or by email.

 

 

Compliments

 

At EMAS we value your comments and suggestions and welcome any feedback you have for our staff thanking them for all they’ve done.

 

Even after experiencing a serious accident, injury or illness, many patients and their families write to express their thanks to our staff.

 

 If you’d like to pass on your thanks to a member of staff for the care, compassion or support you, a relative or friend have received, please let us know.

 

When you contact us, let us know as many details as you can – such as date, time and location – as this will help us to locate the staff involved with your care.

 

Take a look at some of the compliments we have received recently here.  

 

 

Formal Complaints 

 

You may at the outset have a serious concern that you would like to be dealt with formally.  It can be helpful when dealing with complaints if they are received in writing (letter or email).  However, if you prefer we are happy to discuss the details over the telephone after which we will send you a letter asking you to confirm the details of your telephone conversation. 

 

We will acknowledge your complaint in writing.  At this stage you will also receive a leaflet on how to seek assistance to make a complaint (see link below ICAS) and an Equality and Diversity monitoring form.  Please be assured that the information you provide to us on this form is confidential.  We use this data to understand  more about the people who have had cause to raise a concern.  This can assist us to engage more effectively with communities/groups and to improve services.

 

Your complaint will be allocated to an Investigation Officer (IO) who will contact you and go through your complaint in more detail.  The IO will agree with you the timescale and will keep you informed of developments.  They are your point of contact throughout the investigation.

 

Once your complaint has been investigated our Chief Executive or an Executive Director will respond to you in writing.

 

Where the care provided to you involved different healthcare providers (for example ambulance and hospital) we will liaise with those providers to ensure that, wherever possible, you receive a single response.  Where this is not possible we will ask those other agencies to respond to those elements of your complaint that concern them.

 

The Trust will do everything possible to ensure that your issues are addressed but if you still feel that your issues are not fully resolved we will ask that you please contact us again.

 

 

If you remain unsatisfied

 

If, after our best efforts, you are still not completely satisfied with our response, you have the right to contact the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman to request a review of your case.  The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman is an independent body established to promote improvements in healthcare through the assessment of the performance of healthcare providers. 

 

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Millbank Tower

Millbank

London

SW1P 4QP

 

Telephone: 0345 015 4033

 

 

If you need assistance to raise a concern or make a complaint

   

If you would like to make a complaint or register a concern and don’t want to contact us directly you can do so through www.pohwer.net  You will have a local advocate  who can help you write letters and support you at meetings about your complaint. 

 

Information on how to make a complaint is available in an easy read format for people with learning disabilities.

 

What if I want to complain on behalf of someone else?

 

Many complaints are received from relatives, carers or friends of patients.  Patients have a right to confidentiality so where a response may breach patient confidentiality, consent will always be sought from the patient before a response is issued.

 

 

Improving our services

 

If you make a complaint we will ask you to complete a short satisfaction questionnaire.  This is about the way in which we handled your complaint.  Collecting this feedback enables us to improve our service to you.  Completion of the form is entirely voluntary.

  

 

Discrimination

 

The Trust encourages patients and the public to be open and honest about any concerns they may have.  We can assure you that any feedback you provide will be treated confidentially and sensitively.  Anyone not satisfied with the service they receive will not be discriminated against or made to feel overwhelmed by the PALS or complaints procedure.

 

  

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Patient Experience Annual Report 2012/13

 

Click here to access the report

 

Patient Experience

 

  Contact us

 

 If you have access to email, our  address is:

 

 emas.pals@nhs.net

 

Alternatively, you can: 

 

 Telephone us on:

  0845 299 4112                  

   

  Write to us at:

  East Midlands Ambulance Service

  Trust Headquarters

  1 Horizon Place

  Mellors Way

  Nottingham Business Park,

  Nottingham

  NG8 6PY

 

 

  Useful links

 

  Health Service Ombudsman

  www.ombudsman.org.uk

 

  Patient's Association

  www.patients-association.com 

 

  NHS Complaints Advocacy Service

  www.pohwer.net  

 

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