In the late 1990’s many people working in case management in the UK, primarily in the personal injury industry, became concerned at the lack of standards or structure to the case management profession in the UK. Many of these case managers were from overseas where case management is an accepted practice.
The Bodily Injury Claims Management Association (BICMA) an organisation heavily involved in rehabilitation in the insurance industry, shared the concerns of the various case managers. BICMA contacted CMSA and negotiated the purchase of the franchise and invited UK case managers to a meeting which in turn led to the formation of CMSUK.
In 1999 a working party was formed with representatives from Munich Re, Swiss Re, BICMA and various private case management firms.
CMSUK was formed on 03/07/2001 and became active in January 2002 when Lord David Hunt of the Wirral became one of the founding members/directors and later became the President of the organisation.
We had founding members who gave CMSUK both the finances and the intellectual support they required to develop the Society.
The founding members were:
CMSUK became a charity in February 2006.
We later developed the corporate membership category which has been invaluable both financially and commercially to enable CMSUK to keep abreast of what the market, thinks, needs and would like of case managers.
Our corporate members can be viewed by clicking here.
In order to create a profession it was a priority to develop Standards of Practice for case manager’s which were developed by the newly created Standards committee. We have recently had the second edition launched at the annual CMSUK conference in 2009.
Following on from the initial Standards, were the development of the Guidelines to Practice which are now integrated into the Standards of Practice. These Standards are now in Canada and Australia, to assist those countries in developing their own standards for their case managers.
In 2007 we developed, in conjunction with the British Association of Case Managers the Code of Ethics for Case Managers. This was launched at the House of Lords in June 2007.
CMSUK has a fully elected board. To view the profiles of the current board of CMSUK please click here.
We have various committees staffed by volunteers, the purpose being to increase awareness of case management, educate our members and anyone interested in case management.
Presently we are embarking on a research project to determine the educational needs for case managers. This one year research study at Masters level will serve to develop the educational pathways for case management in the future.