Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care
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 goal||To 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:
- The development of a critical
mass of clinical trainers who have a deeper understanding of their
educational role and enhanced capability.
- The establishment of an
ongoing short course for new clinical trainers that will in future be facilitated by
- 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.
- 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:
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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