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Raising a Concern About a Service

For help and advice on raising a concern or complaint about an independent service (e.g. care home or domiciliary care agency) or HSC service (e.g. hospital, mental health facility), RQIA has produced short guidance leaflets, which can be accessed by clicking the images below:


If you wish to make a complaint/raise concerns, or are dissatisfied with a service, you should follow these steps in line with Complaints in Health and Social Care: Standards and Guidelines for Resolution and Learning, DHSSPS, April 2009

1. In the first instance, raise your concern with the service provider (for example, the manager of a home/service) who should attempt to resolve your concerns in line with their own complaints procedures. You may also involve the local HSC trust at this stage.

Belfast HSC Trust
Northern HSC Trust
South Eastern HSC Trust
Southern HSC Trust
Western HSC Trust

You can get practical support to help you make a complaint from the Patient and Client Council. You can speak to a patient and client support officer at freephone: 0800 917 0222, or email: complaints.pcc@hscni.net. For more information, visit the PCC’s website at: www.patientclientcouncil.hscni.net/making-a-complaint

2. If you are dissatisfied and have not yet involved the local HSC trust, you can contact your local trust to take forward your concerns.

3. If you remain dissatisfied, you can then bring your concerns to the Northern Ireland Public Service Ombudsman at freephone: 0800 343 424 or visit the Ombudsman’s website at: https://nipso.org.uk/nipso/