See the Patient UK patient support section for details of 2000+ groups and organisations that represent patients. The following are links to the major patient 'umbrella' organisations, and those which deal with general patient advice, advocacy, complaint procedures, discussion about services, etc.
Listening to patients and speaking up for change.
Providing patients with an opportunity to raise concerns about healthcare.
PALS Online is the website of the national network of NHS Patient Advice and Liaison Services.It provides information about the Patient Advice and Liaison Services throughout England and how they can be contacted; enables users to access a growing directory of links to other health and support agency websites; provides a library of resources for PALS workers to share with each other and the public and publishes news about PALS service development.
There are formal complaints procedures that will be followed if you are unhappy with the service you have been provided by either the National Health Service or the Local Authority Social Services. Information about these procedures, or details about how to get more information, are set out in this website from the Department of Health.
Do you have a complaint about the service you have received from the NHS? The Health Service Ombudsman can help you.
Aims to improve the safety and quality of care through reporting, analysing and learning from adverse incidents and 'near misses' involving NHS patients. The NPSA is an independent body created in July 2001.
NAPP is a registered charity which promotes the formation of Patient Participation groups at surgery and PCG level.
Local Involvement Networks (LINks) are made up of individuals and community groups, such as faith groups and residents' associations, working together to improve health and social care services.
AVMA is a charity supporting people injured by medical accidents. If you think you may have suffered injury or harm as a result of inappropriate medical care, poor treatment, or misdiagnosis/failure to diagnose, then contact AVMA for free practical help and advice.
CPAG has been fighting poverty in the UK for more than 30 years. It will continue to lobby Government and campaign for policies to improve the lives of people living in poverty for as long as is necessary. This website provides information to help people campaign against poverty, and to explain the work that CPAG does.
An umbrella organisation established by and for the voluntary sector. It brings together all national voluntary organisations representing users of health and social care to give them a stronger voice in policy-making.
A Registered Charity and Community Legal Service Help Point providing independent and confidential socio-legal services of information, consultation, advocacy, legal advice and representation to children and young people aged 0-25 resident in England and Wales.
An organisation committed to promoting choice and empowerment for all health service users.
Provides advice on many subjects.
The Scottish Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux.
Every working doctor needs to be registered on the GMC list. (This is the list a doctor can be 'struck off'). The GMC has strong and effective legal powers designed to maintain the standards the public have a right to expect of doctors.
The regulatory body of the dental profession. It protects the public by means of its statutory responsibilities for dental education, registration, professional conduct and health. It supports dentists and dental auxiliaries in the practice of dentistry and encourages their continuing professional development. You can search for registered dentists from this site.
The primary task of the MHRA is to help safeguard public health by working with users, manufacturers and legislators to ensure that medical devices meet appropriate standards of safety, quality and performance.
The HSE's business is to ensure that risks to people's health and safety from work activities are properly controlled.
Further sources / more detailed information
Some non-UK sites
The following list popular non-UK health information sites with content aimed at the general public. They are mainly from the US. They have not been checked to see if information about the above topic is included but these large sites are comprehensive.
More detailed medical information
The following list online sources of more detailed medical information, mainly from the UK. These sites are mainly aimed at health professionals, but are of interest to all. They have not been checked to see if information about the above topic is included, but information about most medical topics can usually be found.
- PatientPlus - hundreds of medical reference articles provided by Patient UK.
- Evidence Based Medicine - such as from Clinical Evidence, The Cochrane Library, etc.
- Database of UK Clinical Guidelines - from NICE, SIGN, etc.
- Medline - abstracts available from thousands of journals.
- Sites listing free online medical textbooks and journals.
- Sites listing free medical images - pictures, atlases, anatomy, skin diseases, etc.