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NHS Complaints Summit

Training dates throughout the year:

Thu, 11 Jul 2024
Virtual, Online
Virtual, Online

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This National Virtual Summit focuses on the New PHSO National NHS Complaint Standards which are now being used and embedded into the NHS. Through national updates, practical case studies and in depth expert sessions the conference aims to improve the effectiveness of complaints handling within your service, and ensure that complaints are welcomed and lead to change and improvements in patient care. The conference will also reflect how involving people and their families in complaints and integrating the process with the new Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) to ensure patient safety actions and learning.

“Feedback and complaints provide an opportunity to identify learning and improve the care or service you and your team provide.”

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, March 2024

The NHS must do more to accept accountability and learn from mistakes, particularly when there is serious harm or, worse, loss of life. When concerns are raised after such incidents they are too often met with a defensive attitude. This makes things even worse for a grieving family trying to get answers. It also places unnecessary pressures on staff, creating a barrier to learning and a gateway to making the same mistakes… The cases we see highlight persistent clinical failings and, perhaps even more importantly, persistent failure to respond to patients and families in a compassionate way when they raise complaints.

Rob Behrens, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman June 2023

It is unrealistic to expect that all clinical errors and omissions can be eliminated. But it should always be possible to respond well, with compassion, and in a way that shows learning and accountability when avoidable harm has happened… Treating complainants with dignity and compassion is an essential part of resolving a complaint, but we found instances where organisations failed to do this.

Broken Trust: making patient safety more than just a promise, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman June 2023

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve complaints handling

  • Update your knowledge on the NHS Complaint Standards and how it will change complaints handling

  • Understand how to manage complaints alongside the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF)

  • Reflect on the perspective of a complainant who has been through the system to understand what person centred really means in practice

  • Learn how to bring kindness and compassion into complaints management, investigation, responses and learning

  • Understand what PHSO and the CQC look for in a good complaint response

  • Self assess your service against the NHS Complaint Standards

  • Improve the way complaints and investigations involving serious incidents are handled

  • Develop your skills in complex complaints handling including disputes, vexatious complainants and complaints across organisations

  • Understand how you can improve frontline resolution of complaints in real time

  • Develop your skills in de-escalation and conflict and dispute resolution

  • Support staff through the complaints process including inquests

  • Identify key strategies for ensuring change occurs as a result of complaints

  • Ensure you are up to date with the latest legal issues including ensuring adherence to the duty of candour

  • Self assess, reflect and expand your skills in complaints handling

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Speakers include:

Mr Ben Wesson

Head of Customer Enquiries and Complaints, People and Organisational Effectiveness
Nursing and Midwifery Council

Carolyn Cleveland

C & C Empathy Training Ltd

Mrs Dawn Preston

Complaints Manager
Chief Nurse
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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