Corpore's Experience of CMSUK Conference 2008

Posted 4th March 2009

Corpore's Learning and Development policy advocates conference attendance, and one of those recognised for key professional development is the CMSUK Annual Conference.  The clinical focus for this year's two day conference was rehabilitation after limb loss and was of great interest.

Corpore's Experience at CMSUK Conference

13 & 14 November 2008

Manchester

Corpore's Learning and Development policy advocates conference attendance, and one of those recognised for key professional development is the CMSUK Annual Conference.  The clinical focus for this year's two day conference was rehabilitation after limb loss and was of great interest. The additional topics associated with rehabilitation such as return to work issues, discussions on the flag system and its uses within case management were also attended by Corpore employees.

Ten case managers were supported to attend the 2008 event and feedback received confirmed it to be of real benefit, especially in the areas of amputation injuries and pain management.  Corpore's, injury management consultant, Caitlin Evans said "the presentations on pain management provided case managers' with further clarity on how to make more appropriate referrals to the NHS, private physicians and programmes".

Graham Dickenson, DWF solicitors, a defendant firm and Colin Ettinger, Irwin Mitchell solicitors, and a claimant firm provided an equally valuable and attention-grabbing presentation. Their session highlighted to case managers' the importance of understanding the perspective of all stakeholders involved in the rehabilitation process. Tess Marshall, an injury management consultant at Corpore commented "the presentation has increased my awareness of the expectations of each party involved in the rehabilitation process. As a case manager, I understand how important it is, and the value gained by all stakeholders when information is shared. It helps the case manager to progress the case to a good and timely outcome whilst meeting the expectations of all those involved".

The conference also delivered an extremely useful session, by Dr Nick Kendal, on the Flag System and its increasing value to all parts of the personal injury rehabilitation industry.  Corpore is a strong advocate for the use of the flag system in rehabilitation case management and we have been employing this for some time.  We were pleased that Dr Kendal's talk validated the work we have been doing and his presentation reinforced our current knowledge and created ideas for taking this philosophy forward in 2009.

Regrettably, in this short article we have not been able to mention everyone individually who presented, but  would like to summarise by expressing that overall the two day event provided a good balance of topics which were particularly stimulating and the workshops were lively and varied. It was also well organised and offered a great hospitality and environment for learning.  All our case managers' and guests, thoroughly enjoyed the event and Corpore would recommend the CMSUK Annual Conference and dinner dance to be the highlight of the case management calendar.

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