Patient Advice and Liaison Service
Independent advice and support
The patient advice and liaison service (PALS) is a free and confidential service.
The PALS team act independently of clinical teams when handling patient and family concerns and complaints. The team will speak to staff, managers, and other organisations, when required to negotiate immediate and prompt solutions.
The team works in line with the NHS Complaints Regulations 2009.
We're currently dealing with a backlog of queries. Responding to you may take longer than usual, but we still want you to contact us.
Our PALS and complaints team are dealing with a backlog of cases which arose during the pandemic. In recent week’s we’ve added some additional capacity to the team however, it may take us longer than usual to respond.
We are making people aware of this when they contact us and have also placed information on our website.
Anyone with a question, concern or who wishes to make a complaint should continue to contact us on 0128 834620 or by emailing us.
If your concern or query relates to duty of candour, please be advised to contact your nominated point of contact, this is likely to be a healthcare professional from the team that you or your family member is receiving or received care and treatment
What to do if you have a concern, comment, complaint, or compliment
Your feedback, positive and negative, helps us to improve our services.
If you are unhappy about your care, the care of a relative, or any aspect of our services, you should first try to speak to a member of staff who was with you at the time. If you are unable to speak to them, you should contact another member staff in that team. They may be able to resolve your concerns straight away.
If you are unable to resolve your concerns by talking to a member of staff, please contact PALS. We provide support and advice to patients, their families, carers, and friends.
How we can help
PALS can help and support you with:
- Advice and information
- Comments and suggestions
- Compliments and thanks
- Informal complaints
- Advice about how to make a formal complaint
If the PALS team cannot answer your questions, they will put you in contact with someone who can help you.
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust