Chairs Comments

Posted 4th March 2009

Carole Chantler's update from the chair of CMSUK

Chairs comments

Welcome to new readers of the CMSUK Newsletter and a warm welcome to returning readers.

We have had another successful year at CMSUK, which in the current economic climate is I realise, an unusual statement to make.

In the last year we launched the CMSUK/BABICM Code of Ethics for our membership to work to. This was a joint effort of these two organisations, we would also like to thank and acknowledge all the help that Irwin Mitchell contributed to this project and also to DWF LLP to sponsoring the drinks reception after the launch, which was held at the House of Lords and was hosted by Lord Hunt of Wirral.

We then moved onto our two day conference which took place in Manchester in November, which many of you will be familiar with as you attended the conference and the dinner dance that we held after the AGM, which also took place during the conference. This will be the format again this year so please keep the 19 & 20th November free for our 2009 conference which will be held in Manchester.

Among the many areas CMSUK has been working to raise awareness of case management, is with the Government.  We have been meeting with Dame Carol Black, the National Director for Health Work and Welfare, in respect to the proposed pilots the DWP want to launch to address returning people to work.  Case management is integral to their model and talks are ongoing with her and the DWP, as to how the tendering process will proceed and what needs to be considered when addressing the Case Management aspect of this tendering process.

We are in the process of reviewing the Standards of Practice and the latest edition will be released this year.

The Board invited Ian Fulton the Managing Director of Proclaim ltd to join the Board as a non executive member (none voting) to share his knowledge of the industry, business acumen and case management with us, to assist us in developing Case Management. He very kindly accepted and had already attended Board meetings.

All of this work is conducted by our various committees which are made up of members working to improve case management practice in the UK. I would like to personally thank them for all the hard work they have been doing for CMSUK, and invite any other members to volunteer as we are always keen to have new ideas.

For a list of directors and committees please refer to the CMSUK web site

Carole Chantler

Chair person

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