1. Initial enquiry
The Caseworker establishes the eligibility of the candidate and completes an enquiry form.
2. Application form
After completing the enquiry form, the Caseworker sends out an application form with a request for supporting documentation. This is then assessed when it has been returned by the applicant.
3. External reports
After an assessment is made, the applicant will be visited by an Area Visitor and may be referred to the Money Adviser. Both reports will be added to the applicant’s casework report.
4. Caseworker’s final report
The Caseworker prepares a final report based on submitted documentation and reports from the Area Visitor and Money Adviser. The casework report is then brought to the Case Committee for consideration.
5. Case Committee
The case file is submitted to the Case Committee and considered/reviewed at bi-monthly meetings.
The Case Committee
The Case Committee is delegated by the Board of Trustees to approve all applications that are made to the RMBF. The Case Committee works within an annual budget set by the Board of Trustees, which delegates authority to decide whether or not to award financial help, and what type of support should be given. The Case Committee meets six times a year at the RMBF’s office in Wimbledon. Case Committee members represent a cross-section of the medical community, both working and retired, and bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge.