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HASA Conference

The Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) is the representative body for the majority of private hospitals in South Africa. HASA members include Netcare, Life Healthcare, Mediclinic and the National Hospital Network.

Their annual conference and exhibition took place at The Forum, The Campus in Bryanston, Johannesburg in October 2018. The theme was “Thinking Forward – Collaborate. Enhance. Evolve.”

Among those who have benefitted from the conference have been policymakers and regulators at national and regional level, academics, hospital and nursing services managers in the public and private sector, non-governmental organisations, clinical and quality control managers, medical staff, medical device and service suppliers, consumer champions, and healthcare media.

During this time of urgent and accelerated change in healthcare, the conference featured a number of international and local speakers with policy, regulatory and clinical expertise who, together, explored how through forward thinking and thinking forward, we can collaborate to enhance healthcare and evolve new systems and approaches into the future.

The HWSETA participated in the conference as both a delegate and an exhibitor.

HWSETA and SSACI Partnership Grows

The rejuvenation of artisan training is one of the stated priorities of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Artisan training has become a key performance area for South Africa’s 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) with each SETA having committed to a target figure of trained artisans.

Unless South Africa ramps up its annual training of artisans to 30 000 a year by 2030, the country’s requirement for artisans in the construction, engineering and other relevant sectors will not be met and the impact will be felt in the sustainability of these industries and very importantly, economic growth.

In 2013, HWSETA partnered with the Swiss-South African Cooperation Initiative (SSACI) to train 100 out-of-school, unemployed young South Africans with skills in demand by employers and institutions in the health and social development sectors. The first completion of the programme was in 2016.

At an event held in Johannesburg in August 2018, 77 more artisans graduated from the programme. Of this, 32 women of different trades completed their qualification.

The HWSETA committed R16.8 million in funding for the theoretical and practical training of the selected youngsters as boilermakers; electricians; fitters; fitters and turners; millwrights; as well as tool, jig and die makers.

With a shortage of artisans and an oversupply of untrained young people, South Africa needs to look at innovative ways of giving youths the skills they need to add value to industry and thereby earn a decent living. The Accelerated Artisan Training Project has proved to be a good way of doing exactly that.” said Ken Duncan, CEO, SSACI.

The primary objective of the project is to pilot a financially sustainable and quality assured artisan training system in terms of the new national regulations governing the implementation of learning programmes, the funding of apprenticeships and the administration of trade tests. In addition, it aims to open up the training capacity of small and medium sized companies and workplaces, which once activated will remain available for ongoing training.

The programme also aims to increase the number of women in the artisan field. The intention is to have 40% female apprentices entered into the programme at every intake.

“HWSETAs relationship with SSACI has been nothing but successful. We are proud of every graduate and are especially excited for the increased intake of female apprentices. This partnership will help fulfil our mandate of upskilling artisans and will continue to grow” said Elaine Brass, Acting CEO, HWSETA.

HWSETA Spearheads EISA

The HWSETA has conducted its fourth External Integrated Summative Assessment (EISA) on 15 November 2018. Nationally, 186 candidates wrote the examination for the Health Promotion Officer. Since 2016, 1317 learners have successfully completed the Health Promotion Officer external assessment.

The EISA is a single national assessment leading to the awarding of an Occupational Certificate. EISA ensures that the assessment of occupational qualifications, part qualifications and trades is standardised, consistent and credible.

The HWSETA is the only SETA to have completed the sitting of 4 EISAs and has been asked to assist other SETAs with the roll of the assessment.

“The HWSETA has been charting new territory, and we have excelled beyond our expectations. These achievements to date would not have been possible without the senior, head office and provincial management and staff support, most importantly the commitment from Nomsa Mdunana and Kanyisa Wopula has ensured us of our successes thus far. This achievement can definitely be added to HWSETA’s string of accomplishments to date.” said Champa Gopal, Qualification Development and Maintenance manager.

The fifth, national external assessment for the Health Promotion Officer will be conducted on 14 March 2019.

HWSETA to Support Presidency’s Rollout of Primary Healthcare Learning Facilities

The Presidency, working with the Ministry of Health, is set to ensure the implementation of an overarching National Quality Implementation Plan for South Africa. The Plan seeks to transform existing service delivery challenges into learnings and opportunities for quality improvement and to pull together quality of care initiatives into a coherent 5-year plan. The Presidency has established a team to fast track the implementation of a quality improvement programme in preparation for the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI). This team involves several government departments, including the Department of Health.

The main objective of the plan is to ensure the best possible outcomes for the South African health system. This can be achieved through quality assurances and improvement strategies. It is proposed that four Quality and Learning Centres be established in each province to ensure that there is local capacity developed to support the poorest performing facilities in the province.

The Presidency has approached the HWSETA to support this initiative by funding capacity building in the Quality and Learning Centres, promote the implementation of the quality assurance plans at provincial and local levels and to conduct research on quality and learning development in the healthcare system.

At the Presidential Health Summit held on 19 October 2018, Deputy President David Mabuza said, “In transforming the health care system for the better, we need to ensure that we have committed and appropriately skilled health care professionals. We need to ensure that proper governance systems are in place to improve accountability for performance across all levels of health care delivery in our system.”

This collaboration is currently under consideration and a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been drawn up.