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October 2016 – Mental Health

Mental health is an important issue in all communities, including the Armed Forces.  Although my office doesn’t provide a welfare or crisis service, many of the individuals who contact us are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced, a mental health problem.  As it is World Mental Health Day, I thought it only appropriate that my […]

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September 2016 – Meet our Referrals and Enquiries Team

Have you ever wondered what happens when you make contact with the Ombudsman’s office? Who deals with your enquiry?  What do they need to know?  How long will it take?  Well never fear, our Referrals and Enquiries Team is taking over the Ombudsman’s blog to tell you all about what they do! Hi! We are […]

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September 2016 – Statistics and the Service Complaints Ombudsman

A key part of my role as the Service Complaints Ombudsman is to provide oversight of the Service complaints (SC) system in order to assess how efficient, effective and fair the process is. At the crux of this is a need for reliable, accurate and timely evidence.  This blog entry will be looking at how […]

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August 2016 – Redress – Part Two

Earlier this month I posted the first of a two-part blog on redress – an issue that is of particular concern to individuals who contact my office. While the first part looked at the broad issue of redress – what it is and the different types of redress – the second part looks at the […]

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August 2016 – Redress – Part One

What happens at the end of an investigation if the Ombudsman finds in my favour? What is redress, does it just mean compensation? What type of redress will I be given? Can the Ombudsman pay me compensation? Can the Ombudsman force the Services to follow her recommendations? These are all questions that my team are […]

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Anonymous Complaints

This year has seen a rise in the number of anonymous complaints received by my office. As many of these complainants do not provide any contact details my staff and I are unable to respond to these to directly.  My first blog for July is written to those of you who have made an anonymous […]

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June 2016 – The First 6 months

The end of June marks the completion of the first 6 months of the new Service complaints system and my Office. I thought that it would be appropriate to use my June blog to tell you about the work of my office in that time and what I hope the next 6 months will bring. […]

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When can respondents to a Service complaint contact the Ombudsman?

Recently there have been a lot of questions about whether respondents to a Service complaint can ask me to investigate their concerns. I thought I should use my blog for this month to clarify the role of my office by outlining when and how respondents to a Service complaint can make an application to my […]

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April 2016 – RAF Halton Graduation

One of the most important parts of the Ombudsman’s job is meeting Service personnel to gain a better understanding of the issues facing them on a daily basis in their Service life, both good and bad. In her April blog, the Ombudsman recounts her recent experience of acting as the Reviewing Officer at an RAF […]

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March 2016 – Informal resolution of complaints

In her March blog, the Ombudsman explores the informal resolution of Service complaints. Service personnel who are considering making a complaint often contact my office for information on the process.  At times what they want to know is whether making a Service complaint to their Commanding Officer (CO) locks them into the formal complaints process, or whether […]

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