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Our complaints policy

The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) provides services for, or deals with enquiries from, members, students, professionals, members of the public and others. We hope to provide the level of service that people have a right to expect. If you feel we have not done that 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 standards of service delivery, failure of processes or quality of performance should be made in writing, by letter or e-mail, 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 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 Rosemary Cook (rosemary.cook@ipem.ac.uk) or send by post to: Chief Executive Officer, IPEM, Fairmount House, 230 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1ES. 

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.

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