The NHS employs over a million staff in thousands of locations. It is a large and complex organisation providing a broad range of services. It is not surprising that sometimes you or a loved one may feel bewildered or concerned when using the NHS. Unfortunately, this can often be at times when you are feeling at your most vulnerable and anxious.
So, what should you do if you want on the spot help to access the health service? The NHS expects all members of staff to listen and respond to you to the best of their ability. But sometimes, you may wish to talk to someone employed especially to help you. The Patient Advice and Liaison Service, known as PALS, has been introduced to ensure that the NHS listens to patients, their relatives, carers and friends, and answers their questions and resolves their concerns as quickly as possible.
PALS also helps the NHS to improve services by listening to what matters to patients and their loved ones, making changes when appropriate.
In particular, PALS will:
If you would like more information about PALS, the functions it is intended to provide and the standards it should strive to achieve, follow this link, or speak to Jo Grace or Dr Judith Bull at Abbots Bromley Surgery.