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IHCA

Are you unhappy with the NHS care or treatment you have received in the last 12 months?

Onside IHCA (Independent Health Complaints Advocacy) is a service to support people who want to complain about their NHS care or treatment.

Onside IHCA is a free and independent service. We are a specialist service that knows how to help you get your complaint heard. The complaint must be about NHS care and treatment that have taken place in the last 12 months.

This Onside IHCA service is provided by Onside Advocacy, a local, independent organisation with over 20 years experience of delivering advocacy services.

Question and Answers

How can you help me?

Onside IHCA will provide you with access to someone who will listen to you, understand your situation and help you to make a complaint about NHS care and treatment. This person is called an advocate.

Can Onside ICAS help with other complaints?

NO. This is for NHS (National Health Service) care and treatment only.

What will the advocate do?

Listen to your complaint and help your voice to be heard. They can:

  • Explain how the NHS complaints procedure works.
  • Help you write letters and make telephone calls for you.
  • Help you prepare for meetings and attend them with you.
  • Provide an interpreter or translation if required.

What does NHS care and treatment include?

Services provided by a doctor, dentist, nurse, pharmacist or an optician, and services within a hospital and ambulance service.

Why do we have this service?

Everyone has the right to complain independently about NHS healthcare and treatment. This service includes people who are in prison.

How do I ask for help?

Simply email us icas@onside-advocacy.org.uk  and please remember to include your full name or call on 0844 248 9248 (local charged number)

Is my complaint form confidential?

YES. All correspondence with Onside IHCA is confidential.

Guide to making a NHS Complaint.pdf

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