In the event of you having a complaint about the service, in the first instance please contact us directly so that we can try to remedy the situation. If you have not done this, your complaint may be rejected by the professional registrations.
In the emotional process of therapy it is possible for misunderstanding, transference, counter transference or processing to cause misunderstanding and the feeling of conflict.
Because this is a multi modality service, it is VITAL that any complaint is handled by the professional body best qualified to judge it. This is in the interests of the complainant, and us.
If you complaint to the wrong body, it will either be simply dismissed as outside their area of competence, or refered after a delay to the correct body. Therefore for quick response, please allow us to signpost you to the correct organisation. This will not influence the decision making process.
Updated 2019 (update 1.3)
If the therapist identifies that an error has been made, under the CNHC duty of candour you will be contacted to be informed of the error, so that an apology can be offered and the matter can be resolved if possible. Under the CNHC code the insurer must be contacted before the client. This duty also encourages the practitioner to express regret and seek to resolve minor issues that are not of the type that would trigger a formal complaint as good practice.
1. This does not effect your statutory rights.
2. In making a complaint, please reference an exact breach of contract or code of ethical practice.
3. In making a complaint please state the therapy received, and the practitioner. Please state if clinical (named condition) or non clinical (personal development only with no named condition)
4. In making a complaint you understand and agree that confidential information will be shared with investigating parties.
5. Complaints must be either made by a client (or client guardian if under 16 years old or vulnerable), or concern a contract breach, or public protection issue to be valid.
6. You must state whether any other legal process has been initiated since this effects the professional body’s ability to act.
Please contact your practitioner to discuss the issue. Often issues arise within therapy that reflect emotionally charged situations, which, it handled correctly can be therapeutic.
If the practitioner and yourself can not resolve the situation, please detail your issue to the other partner for mediation (internal second opinion).
External second opinion is normally sought at the same time for verification from the clinical supervisor of the practitioner the complaint is made about.
The next stage of the complaints process is to contact the most senior and appropriate registration of the practitioner in question, detailing the breach of ethics or contract. This must be for the type of therapy offered, since different professional bodies cover different therapies. Organisations that do not deal with the therapy you received, or are only aware of those services as “adjunct therapies” will not be able to give you or us the best or most informed process.
This will be signposted to you by the practitioner and or the second opinion practitioner. Normally complaints are handled by one senior organisation, so as to avoid duplication and breach of “natural justice” (right not to be tested legally multiple times). This also increases speed of response for the complainant.
In the event of making a complaint to a professional body, their process will thenceforth be followed and deferred to by Scotlandtherapy.
Once a decision about any complaint is determined by the responsible therapy professional body, it is standard practice for that professional body to contact the other professional bodies effected by any decision. This particularly applies to professional bodies who have PSA Accredited registers themselves, or verify practitioners for a PSA AR.
Rest assured that that if a complaint is upheld, this will cascade throughout all professional bodies that apply.
Malicious complaints or flaming online will not be tolerated and will be responded to firmly but calmly. It is the nature of therapy provision that occasionally very upset people will project onto services that are not directly involved in their care. We empathise with this situation, but have a duty of care to ourselves and each other as partners and therefore will respond appropriately to malicious complaint. We also have insurance cover for handling defamation and slander.
We will also robustly defend any attempt to make a malicious complaint in order to avoid fees that are due, or to avoid or recoup payments that have been made according to contract.