We aim to provide a high standard of service for everyone, but if you feel things have gone wrong with part of our work or how you have been dealt with then we have a process to ensure your complaint is handled appropriately and fairly.
We do not always get things right and you may feel unhappy with how you have been dealt with.
In the first instance, you should speak to a member of staff who you’ve been dealing with or ask to speak to their manager, or use our contact page and we’ll make sure you get through to the right person to assist you in answering your questions.
If the standard of service you have received from us has fallen short, we would like to hear from you. We will carefully review your concern and where we can we will put things right. If we can’t, we will explain why and apologise when we have been at fault.
Your complaints, compliments and suggestions will help us to improve how we deal with you, so let us know your views.
If you are unhappy about the way we have handled your complaint you can refer your complaint to the relevant regulator listed below.
Complaints about other services
Please note that we are unable to investigate complaints about services we haven’t provided to you.
The NHS provides the overwhelming majority of sexual health services in the United Kingdom. Please therefore take a moment to check who provides the service you wish to complain about on the NHS website. If it is the NHS, you can find more information about how to make a complaint about their service.
If you believe you have been discriminated against by another service provider because of your HIV status, we may be able to advise you through THT Direct.
Our complaints procedure
Stage One: Informal complaint
If you are unhappy about how we’ve dealt with you, you should speak to a member of staff who you’ve been dealing with or ask to speak to their manager, or use our contact page and we’ll make sure you get through to the right person to assist you in answering your questions.
We will contact you within two working days of receiving your complaint, and attempt to address the problem within five working days.
Stage Two: Formal complaint
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the complaint at stage one, contact Terrence Higgins Trust’s head office with details of your complaint.
You can contact our head office by emailing [email protected], writing to us at The Chief Executive’s Office, Terrence Higgins Trust, 439 Caledonian Road, London, N7 9BG or by calling us on 020 7812 1600 and asking for the Chief Executive’s Office.
We will write to you to acknowledge your complaint and provide information outlining our complaints procedure. We will inform you of what action is being taken, the person dealing with the complaint and the time by which you can expect to receive a detailed response.
If you are not satisfied by the outcome of stage two, you can request a further investigation of your complaint led by the Chief Executive, who will review the information from yourself and the stage two response letter.
Where a complaint is not satisfactorily resolved at stage three, you can request an investigation of your complaint by the Chair of the Board of Trustees. Any such review will only deal with the following matters:
- That the investigation has been carried out in line with the stated procedure.
- That the investigation has been handled fairly.
The Chair will not comment on the substance of the complaint.
If the Chair of the Board of Trustees finds that the correct procedure was not followed, or that the matter had not been fairly handled, they will specify why and give directions for a re-investigation.
The decision of the Chair of the Board of Trustees is final and will be provided in a formal letter of response.
Make a complaint
To make a formal complaint to Terrence Higgins Trust, please contact us in any of the following ways:
- By telephone: ring 020 7812 1600 and ask for the Chief Executive’s office.
- By e-mail to [email protected].
- By writing to The Chief Executive’s Office, Terrence Higgins Trust, 439 Caledonian Road, London, N7 9BG.
To make a complaint to external regulators please contact the following:
- For fundraising issues you can contact the Fundraising Regulator. If your complaint relates to an issue regarding fundraising activity in Scotland you should contact the Scottish Fundraising Regulator.
- For clinical service issues this is the Care Quality Commission.
- For services that Terrence Higgins Trust delivers on behalf of local authorities this is the relevant local authority.
- For corporate charity issues this is the Charity Commission for England and Wales or, in Scotland, the OSCR.