We welcome comments about our service. If you feel our services have not met the standards you expect, please tell us. Sharing your concerns can help improve our services both for yourself and for others.
There are several ways to raise issues with the Trust, which you can find out about below.
How can the Service Experience Desk (SED) help?
- look into any concerns raised as soon as possible
- receive compliments and pass them on to staff to help promote good practice
- ensure any verbal SED concern not resolved in one working day will be dealt with as a formal complaint
We understand that it may not be an easy decision to complain and we assure you that it will not affect your care or treatment. By complaining, we can try to sort the problem out for you, and improve our services for the future.
You can make a formal complaint if the event happened in the last 12 months, or if you became aware that you had something to complain about in the last 12 months. These time limits could be reviewed if there are good reasons why you couldn’t complain earlier.
If you are unable to complain yourself, then someone else can complain for you with your agreement.
How to make a formal complaint
If you want to make a formal complaint please contact the Service Experience Desk to tell them what has happened. You can call or send them a letter. You’ll then be offered a meeting to talk about your complaint in more detail, how long it might take to sort out the complaint, and what the result of the complaint might be. An investigation will then take place to find out what has happened. When the investigation is over you will be sent a letter to explain what has been decided. This could be up to 6 months after you made the complaint.
To make a formal complaint, please write to (no stamp needed):
Service Experience Desk
Dudley and Walsall Mental Health
Freephone: 0800 587 7720
Independent Complaints Advisory Service (ICAS)
If you would like help writing your complaint you can contact ICAS, an independent organisation whose staff can help write letters on your behalf and support you through the complaints process. You can contact ICAS at:
IBIC Holt Court South
Aston Science Park
The Health Service Ombudsman
If you are not happy with the result of the investigation you can take your complaint to the Health Service Ombudsman. The Ombudsman is completely independent of the NHS and Government and will look into the way in which your complaint has been handled. Click here to visit the Ombudsman's website. You can contact the Ombudsman at:
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman