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CMSUK define Case Management as:
‘Case Management is a collaborative process which: assesses, plans, implements, co-ordinates, monitors and evaluates the options and services required to meet an individuals health, social care, educational and employment needs, using communication and available resources to promote quality cost effective outcomes.’
From the CMSUK home page of the website click on the ‘Apply for Membership’ button and follow the online form prompts. Be sure to have details handy of your qualifications, professional associations, two references and your work history. You will also have to confirm that you have appropriate insurance and are CRB checked.
You only pay for your membership once your application has been approved. Once approved you will receive an email informing you of the fee due to activate your membership.
CMSUK has three main individual types of membership:
Case Manager membership (£75 per annum*)is, CMSUK’s advanced membership. The criteria for Case Manager membership is that the applicant hold a diploma or higher level educational qualification for health/social/vocational and human services personnel related to case management.
In addition to any specific training, a minimum of 24 months or 2500 hours of active specific case management experience should be obtained before applying for full membership.
CMSUK also need to ensure that clinical qualifications are endorsed by the appropriate registered body ie NMC for nurses, HPC for OT’s & Physios etc.
Vocational Case Managers are the only exception to the requirement for appropriate registered body affiliation but can only have a recorded ‘area of expertise’ as being ‘Vocational’ without having a clinical qualification and registered body. No clinical area of expertise will be assigned to a member without having appropriate clinical qualifications and registered body affiliation.
Associate Membership (£60 per annum*) has the same criteria for membership as Case Manager membership. The only difference is that the applicant does not have to meet the requirement of 24 months or 2500 hours of active specific case management experience.
Supporter Membership (£60 per annum*)is for people who do not practice Case Management but work either in a supportive or managerial role and want to be kept informed. Obviously the criteria for this type of membership is very loose but there would be no pathway to upgrade from this membership to either Associate or Case Manager membership without first meeting the criteria as set out above.
*Please note: Companies with four or more members are eligible for 20% discount off all membership fees. Email info@cmsuk .org for more information.
The Benefits of individual CMSUK membership are:
Medical records should be kept for 7 years post last piece of treatment – however some claims go on for longer than 7 years and you therefore have to keep all your notes 7 years post case management intervention – this therefore could be for life if case management is involved for life.
Children’s notes should be kept until they reach 18 years old – as when they become an adult in their own right they could potentially sue the solicitor if they do not believe their claim was settled appropriately.
The Data Protection Act says that information should be kept for no longer than is necessary. The Act does not specify what a ‘necessary’ period should be for particular information. Each case would be considered on its own merits. If an organisation is obliged to retain data for a given length of time under any other laws, this should be taken into consideration.