Health and social care workers are responsible for providing health or social care. This includes: GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, health care assistants, counsellors, therapists and occupational therapists.
All health and social care workers must adhere to certain standards of care, including maintaining professional boundaries and treating people with dignity and respect.
However, we know that sometimes this doesn’t happen and people receive poor quality mental health care. In some cases, this can amount to abuse.
Abuse by a health or social care worker could mean:
- psychological abuse
- emotional abuse
- verbal abuse
- sexual abuse
- discriminatory abuse
- physical abuse
- financial or material abuse
If you think you have been abused by a health or social care worker, it’s important to get support and find out what your options are.
You might also find it helpful to:
See also Mind’s campaign page on what to do if you’re a victim of crime.
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
tel: 03000 616161
Independent regulator for health and social care, where you can make complaints about care providers and workers.
advice lines: 03444 111 444 (England); 0344 477 2020 (Wales)
TextRelay service: 03444 111 445
online advice: adviceguide.org.uk
Confidential support and advice, including information about your legal rights.
General Medical Council (GMC)
Regulating body for doctors in the UK, with register of doctors and complaints process.
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Keeps a register of accredited health and social care workers.
03000 683 000
Independent consumer champion for health and social care in England.
0300 123 3393
Free and confidential information about support and services in your area, including advocacy support.
Includes search function enabling you to find PALS offices in your area.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
tel: 020 7637 7181
Regulating body for nurses and midwives in the UK, and information about complaining.
supportline: 0808 1689 111 (Mon to Fri: 8pm to 8am; weekend: 24 hour service).
Free and confidential information and support for victims and witnesses of crime, including victims of abuse.
This information was published in November 2016.