Posted 10th August 2008
CMSUK has got off to a strong start this year with increasing membership from both Case Manager members and the corporate membership which helps to support what CMSUK does for it's membership.
CMSUK achieved the goal we set last year of launching the Code of Ethics for Case Managers, this was launched on one of the rare hot days in June at the House of Lords. We had various people from all aspects of the judiciary and personal injury industry to speak at the launch on the importance of ethical practice and what a great step forward this was for Case Management . This is particularly relevant as it has been produced in collaboration with BABICM. The launch was to raise awareness of Case Management in the industry and we and our members will have an opportunity to celebrate the launch at our AGM in November. Copies are available to down load from the CMSUK website. Our sincere thanks goes to Jan Harrison who chaired this committee and her team who brought this to fruition.
Since it's inception CMSUK has been primarily involved with addressing the issues of Case Managers working within the private sector mainly within personal injury, the primary reason was that this was where the need and interest was. Now however Case Management is evolving in the NHS and Dame Carol Black's Report has helped raise the profile of Case Management. Myself and Jane Melvin, Chair of Education Committee have met with Dame Carol Black regarding Case Management and expected education levels for Case Managers. We have a further meeting with the Dept of Health booked for late August to discuss this further. We are encouraging NHS Case Managers to join CMSUK and SALUS from Scotland are our first corporate member from the NHS.
We as a Board are continuing to focus on opening up avenues for education for case managers as we feel this is the way to advance Case Management as a profession in this country. We have funded for our Chair of the Education committee to attend the CMSA conference in the US which she has reported as extremely informative and she will be sharing this with you in this Newsletter. She is also in discussions with a number of universities regarding Case Management Programs, our members will be updated once we have concrete information to share with you.
I would like to thank our many volunteers who work so hard on the various committees within CMSUK of which the most exposure you will have had is from our Events Committee who arrange the various study days our members attend. The current project is organising our Conference in November which is taking place in Manchester, please go to the CMSUK website for further specifics on this.
As ever we are always looking for more help on the committee so please help to build your organisation by considering any assistance you can offer to make us a more robust organisation to better serve our membership.