Every day is Ombuds Day

Every day is Ombuds Day | Workpro Casework

What is an Ombudsman? In the UK, we typically use the Swedish word "Ombudsman," which originates from Old Norse and means "representative" or a proxy. While the term historically includes "man," it's important to recognise that many Ombuds are women today. Acknowledging this, we can appreciate the valuable service Ombuds provide while also considering inclusive language for the future.

Some Ombuds[man] offices protect the rights of commercial customers – everything from utilities and telecoms to furniture. Financial Services is of course well regulated by such schemes, from banks and insurers to accountants and auditors. But the number of Ombuds a citizen can call on to fight their corner on government services is staggering: health, housing, children’s welfare, old people’s wellbeing, local government services, social care, prisons, armed forces…

A court of law can be out of reach for many people as a means of civil recourse - the services of an Ombuds[man] on the other hand come at no cost to the user.  And the outcome is not reliant on who has the better lawyer. Ombudsman principles are centred around fairness and proportionality, not technicalities.

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Ombuds principles follow variations on these six themes:

  1. Getting it right
  2. Being customer focused (consumer or service user)
  3. Being open and accountable
  4. Acting fairly and proportionately
  5. Putting things right
  6. Seeking continuous improvement.

For us, every day is Ombuds[man] day.

Workpro is proud to support Ombudsman, Commissioners and Regulators in managing complaints and associated case work. We support Ombuds offices worldwide with case management systems that make it easier to implement and track processes built around the six principles. Plus robust audit trails and comprehensive reporting.

If you would like to learn more about how Workpro can support Ombuds offices, contact us today.