Our compliments and complaints policy and procedure

The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) provides services for, or deals with enquiries from, members, students, professionals, members of the public, partner bodies and others. We hope to provide the level of service that people have a right to expect.


If you feel that you have had a particularly good service from IPEM, or an individual member of staff or a team has been particularly helpful to you, please do let us know by emailing office@ipem.ac.uk, or writing to the Chief Executive Officer, Phil Morgan, CEO, Fairmount House, 230 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1ES). We would like to pass on your compliments to the individual or team involved, and try to spread their good practice across the organisation.


The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, as a professional body and a learned society, takes the professional conduct of its members very seriously.  All members are required to comply with the Institute's  Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct. and may be subject to the Institute's Disciplinary Procedure when in breach of this Code. 

If you wish to report a concern that a member has breached the Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct, please write to the Secretary of the PCC in strict confidence. Your enquiry will be dealt with in accordance with the Institute's Disciplinary Procedure.

For more information please visit our Professional Conduct webpage here.


If you feel we have not provided a good service, then we want to know about it  so that we can put things right and so that we can improve our systems and processes for the future.

IPEM will monitor, record, take seriously and deal promptly with any complaints received. If necessary, IPEM will improve internal operations to rectify any weaknesses highlighted by the complaint.


We try to resolve problems informally first.  Where there is a problem, please contact Kathyrn Surtees, Head of Operations and Finance, in the first instance and explain why you are unhappy and what action is needed. This can be done by telephone (ring 01904 610821) or in writing (email Kathryn@ipem.ac.uk).  Kathryn will be able to identify the person or the section who provided the service and get a response to your enquiry.  We will try to resolve the matter for you as quickly as we can, and within 5 working days at most.

If your complaint has not been satisfactorily resolved informally, the following process will apply:

Formal complaints about for example standards of service delivery, failure of processes or quality of performance, or an individual’s conduct, should be made in writing, by letter or e-mail, preferably within one month of the occurrence causing the complaint. Please identify:

  • The nature of the complaint
  • Who has been involved so far
  • What has/has not been done
  • Why you are not satisfied with the outcome
  • How you would like to see the matter resolved
  • Your name and address, and how we should get back to you.


Sometimes we may need to ask for additional details – we will ask you to supply these within fifteen working days. The CEO will then investigate your complaint, and the circumstances surrounding it, and provide a formal response to your complaint within twenty five working days of receipt of full information. If you are not satisfied with this response, the matter will be referred to IPEM’s Board of Trustees, whose decision on the matter will be final.

Contact for complaints:

Please email any formal complaint to the CEO Phil Morgan or send by post to: Chief Executive Officer, IPEM, Fairmount House, 230 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1ES

If your complaint concerns the actions of the CEO or of a Trustee, it will be handled by the Trustee Board of IPEM. In this case, please send your complaint to the Honorary Secretary via office@ipem.ac.uk, or to the address above, marked for the attention of the Honorary Secretary. If the Trustee is also a member of IPEM, the complaint may be referred to the Institute’s Professional Conduct Committee, if appropriate.

All formal complaints will be acknowledged by return. A record of all formal complaints received will be kept by the CEO and reported quarterly to the Trustees.  To read our full Compliments and Complaints Procedure please click here

 31 January 2020


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