BRHC Project – Clinical Mentorship

Funder: Broadreach Healthcare

ECF, through a sub-agreement with Broadreach Healthcare, was involved in the capacity development of Department of Health healthcare workers in KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, and the Eastern Cape.

ECF developed and implemented innovative and well-received training courses to equip specific healthcare workers with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to become competent clinical mentors through upgrading their clinical skills and knowledge of HIV/TB, STI care in adults and children, improving their understanding of the health systems issues influencing the provision of good HIV/TB/STI care, providing key communication and mentoring soft skills, and developing effective tools to facilitate clinical mentorship in the field.

During the course of the project (2013-2014), ECF trained 447 HWCs in Essential HIV Training in Clinical HIV/AIDS Management, 268 HWCs in Clinical Mentorship Course for Health Professionals, and 45 HCWs in Supermentor (Advanced) Training Course in Clinical HIV/AIDS Management. In addition to the trainings, ECF also hosted 593 HCWs in One Day Quarterly District Updates and in August 2014, hosted the first HIV and TB Care Conference (HTCSA) at the Elangeni Hotel in Durban.
ECF received extremely positive feedback on its training courses, facilitators and facilitation methods, and training materials. All course design was premised on adult education principles, and consequently, highly interactive and participatory training methodologies such as group discussions and case studies were utilised. The clinical facilitators were able to build rapport with participants thus ensuring that the participants were comfortable with sharing experiences and asking difficult or sensitive questions.

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ECF’s Dr Trevor Majoro Facilitating

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Interactive Training Methodologies

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ECF’s Ntombenhle Ngcobo Presents Certificates

The highlight of this project was the development of the Clinical Mentorship toolkit. The clinical experts at ECF along with their IT team developed an electronic tool for use by mentors in the field. The toolkit has been well received by National Department of Health, and mass roll-out of this crucial instrument is eminent. This application has the potential to ensure that nurses are assessed quickly and in a standardised manner which ultimately can significantly increase the number of nurses within the public health system capable of initiating and managing patients of ART. For more information on the toolkit, see the following extract from Broadreach’s March 2015 Newsletter:

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