Complaints Policy

Metabolic Support UK views complaints as an opportunity to learn and improve for the future, as well as a chance to put things right for the person or organisation that has made the complaint.

 Our policy is:

  • To provide a fair complaints procedure which is clear and easy to use for anyone wishing to make a complaint
  • To publicise the existence of our complaints procedure so that people know how to contact us to make a complaint
  • To make sure everyone at Metabolic Support UK knows what to do if a complaint is received
  • To make sure all complaints are investigated fairly and in a timely way
  • To make sure that complaints are, wherever possible, resolved and that relationships are repaired
  • To gather information which helps us to improve what we do

Definition of a Complaint
A complaint is any expression of dissatisfaction, whether justified or not, about any aspect of Metabolic Support UK.

Where Complaints Come From
Complaints may come from any person or organisation who has a legitimate interest in Metabolic Support UK. Metabolic Support UK has a Complaints Procedure and accepts complaints in writing by post or email, by telephone or in person.

This policy does not cover complaints from staff, who should use Metabolic Support UK’s Discipline and Grievance policies.

Confidentiality
All complaint information will be handled sensitively, telling only those who need to know and following any relevant Data Protection requirements.

Responsibility
Overall responsibility for this policy and its implementation lies with the Board of Trustees.

Review
This policy is reviewed regularly and updated as required.

Complaints Procedure

Receiving complaints
Written complaints may be sent to the Chief Executive at Metabolic Support UK at 5 Hilliards Court, Sandpiper Way, Chester Business Park, Chester CH4 9QP or by e-mail at contact@metabolicsupportuk.org.

Verbal complaints may be made by telephone to 0845 241 2173 or in person to any of Metabolic Support UK UK’s staff.

Complaints received by telephone or in person need will be recorded in writing. The person who receives the verbal complaint will:

  • Write down the facts of the complaint
  • Take the complainant’s name, address and telephone number
  • Note down the relationship of the complainant to Metabolic Support UK
  • Inform the complainant that we have a complaints procedure
  • Inform the complainant what will happen next and how long it will take
  • Where appropriate, ask the complainant to send a written account by post or by email so that the complaint is recorded in the complainant’s own words.


Resolving Complaints

Stage One
In many cases, a complaint is best resolved by the person responsible for the issue being complained about. If the complaint has been received by that person, they may be able to resolve it swiftly and should do so if possible and appropriate.

Whether or not the complaint has been resolved, the complaint information should be passed to the Chief Executive within one week.

On receiving the complaint, the Chief Executive should record it in the complaints log. If it has not already been resolved, they delegate a responsible person to investigate it and to take appropriate action.

If the complaint relates to a specific person, they should be informed and given a fair opportunity to respond.

Complaints should be acknowledged by the person handling the complaint within a week. The acknowledgement should say who is dealing with the complaint and when the person complaining can expect a reply. A copy of this complaints procedure should be attached.

Ideally complainants should receive a definitive reply within four weeks. If this is not possible because for example, an investigation has not been fully completed, a progress report should be sent with an indication of when a full reply will be given.

Whether the complaint is justified or not, the reply to the complainant should describe the action taken to investigate the complaint, the conclusions from the investigation, and any action taken as a result of the complaint.

Stage Two
If the complainant feels that the problem has not been satisfactorily resolved at Stage One, they can request that the complaint is reviewed at Board level. At this stage, the complaint will be passed to the Chair of Trustees.

The request for Board level review should be acknowledged within a week of receiving it. The acknowledgement should say who will deal with the case and when the complainant can expect a reply.

The Chair of Trustees may investigate the facts of the case themselves or delegate a suitably senior person to do so. This may involve reviewing the paperwork of the case and speaking with the person who dealt with the complaint at Stage One.

If the complaint relates to a specific person, they should be informed and given a further opportunity to respond.

The person who dealt with the original complaint at Stage One should be kept informed of what is happening.

Ideally complainants should receive a definitive reply within four weeks. If this is not possible because for example, an investigation has not been fully completed, a progress report should be sent with an indication of when a full reply will be given.

Whether the complaint is upheld or not, the reply to the complainant should describe the action taken to investigate the complaint, the conclusions from the investigation, and any action taken as a result of the complaint.

The decision taken at this stage is final, unless the Board decides it is appropriate to seek external assistance with resolution.

External Stage
The complainant can complain to the Charity Commission at any stage.

Information about the kind of complaints the Commission can involve itself in can be found on their website at: www.charitycommission.gov.uk

Variation of the Complaints Procedure
The Board may vary the procedure for good reason. This may be necessary to avoid a conflict of interest, for example, a complaint about the Chair should not also have the Chair as the person leading a Stage Two review.

Monitoring and learning from complaints
Complaints are reviewed annually to identify any trends which may indicate a need to take further action.

Date: May 2018