​​​​​​Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care

THET project


Our Division was successful in obtaining funding from THET​ in collaboration with the RCGP for a project that will continue the work on training of clinical trainers and strengthening the national exit examination (building on the activities of the EuropeAid-funded project in our Division)​​.


​Project title: Strengthening primary health care through primary care doctors and family physicians


Lead UK partner (institution)Royal College of General Practitioners
Lead overseas partner (institution)Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Project goalTo build the capacity of family physicians to function in support of community-based primary care teams and to improve the quality of PHC services


​The following actions are envisaged:

  1. The development of a critical mass of clinical trainers who have a deeper understanding of their educational role and enhanced capability.
  2. The establishment of an ongoing short course for new clinical trainers that will in future be facilitated by South Africans.
  3. The conceptualisation of a process of initial and ongoing accreditation for clinical trainers and establishment of a sub-group/society of clinical trainers within the SAAFP.
  4. The establishment of a national exit examination that is comparable to an international standard and which helps to ensure the quality of graduating FPs for the country.​​


​News and highlights: 

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Providing quality clinical training in the workplace: 18 family physicians and clinical trainers attended a 5-day training from 22 - 26 February 2016. This training aims to build clinical training capacity and includes 2-people from each of the 9 training programmes in South Africa. Subsequently, clinical trainers who attended the 5-day course previously, will be observed in their workplace and receive feedback on the application of their learning. This 5-day course is presented under the banner of the South African Academy of Family Physicians - SAAFP. The facilitators of this course are: Julia Blitz (SU), Honey Mabuza (SMU) and Jill Edwards (RCGP). The course represents one of the activities of an ongoing project, led by our Division: Strengthening primary health care through primary care doctors and family physicians (initially funded by European Commission - Development & Cooperation - EuropeAid and now funded by THET (Tropical Health and Education Trust) in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners). The 9 institutions who offer postgraduate family medicine training programmes are the universities of Walter Sisulu, Free State, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Witwatersrand, KwaZulu-Natal, Pretoria, Sefako Makgatho and Limpopo.


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