CMSUK / BABICM Launch Code of Ethics for Case Managers at House of Lords 25th June 2008

Posted 1st July 2008

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Helping people who have experienced trauma and injury to regain quality of life.

Important development in the growth of the new profession of case management.

House of Lords 25th June 2008 - Launch of the jointly produced Code of Ethics for Case Managers

We are extremely pleased to launch this Code through the joint working of the Case Management ...PRESS RELEASE

Helping people who have experienced trauma and injury to regain quality of life.

Important development in the growth of the new profession of case management.

House of Lords 25th June 2008 - Launch of the jointly produced Code of Ethics for Case Managers

We are extremely pleased to launch this Code through the joint working of the Case Management Society of the UK (CMSUK) and the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM). The Launch will be supported by a range of lawyers, insurers, health and legal representatives and members, including the Master of the Public Guardianship Office, the Office of the Official Solicitor, the Civil Justice Council, the Association of British Insurers and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Case managers work with clients who have had injuries through car accidents, work injuries, medical negligence or other trauma to ensure that they are restored as much as possible to a reasonable quality of life. Clients are usually referred to case managers by personal injury lawyers or insurers who wish to ensure that clients effectively and speedily receive all the necessary rehabilitation, care, accommodation, equipment, or services they need without having to wait for the lengthy process of the law to settle their compensation claim. The concept of case management is now also taking hold in the NHS to ensure that patients are well organised and co-ordinated in the community after discharge.

Case managers are usually drawn from the occupational therapy or nursing professions. To date there have been two main organisations working to promote the development of case management (which is already well established in other countries such as the USA and Australia) and which have produced their own Guidelines and Standards of Practice. For the first time, the two organisations have come together with other respected advisors to develop a Code of Ethics.

The Code is designed to be brief and a focussed working tool to guide practice. There are many dilemmas and potential ethical pitfalls for case managers. This Code simply contains good, sound principles - but what it also represents is significant.

Case management as a profession is young and only just starting to develop its potential. This Code is an example of how far case management has come over a relatively short time. This document has been demanded by case managers themselves and others in the field, and is aimed at meeting the ever higher expectations of a growing and evolving case management profession. It is, therefore, a manifest demonstration of the maturity and development of this area of work.

Also significantly, since principled ethical practice is the foundation stone underpinning the practice of all case managers, it appeared an exciting opportunity to work with as wide a voice as possible for all case managers. This Code has been produced by a joint working party comprising the Chairs and representatives of both CMSUK and BABICM, as well as other important advisors. For the first time, the two main case management groups have come together in this new venture and collaborated in the development of an ethical framework for all case managers.


June 2008

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