Partnering professional leadership with good management

A colleague drew my attention to this blog post by Becky Malby, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Health Management at Leeds University in the UK:  The potential of UK/South Africa collaboration in health leadership and management.

In the blog she reflects on her recent visit to South Africa and suggests some priorities for health system transformation which I find refreshing.

Her suggestions speak to the issue of how to restore order to a highly complex and sometimes floundering health system: should (and can) order be imposed from above or are more local, dynamic solutions required?

Harnessing clinical academic leadership to transform rural health systems

Here are the powerpoint slides for a presentation I gave on behalf of colleagues at the most recent Prince Mahidol Award Conference which was held in Thailand between 27 and 31 January 2014.

The theme of the conference “Transformative Learning for Health Equity” and it focused on issues around the production of human resources to achieve universal health coverage. You can look at more presentations from the conference on the conference website.

The title of our paper was:  Doherty J, Couper I, Campbell D, Walker J. 2014. Transforming rural health systems through clinical academic leadership: lessons from South Africa:  PS2.1 Jane Doherty

 

Getting South Africa ready for National Health Insurance: critical next steps

Here are the powerpoint slides for a recent presentation I gave about National Health Insurance to a Symposium by Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) on 6 February 2014:   ERSA NHI presentation_Jane Doherty 

The theme of the Symposium was “Critical choices regarding universal health coverage” and it was held at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study.

My presentation was titled “Getting South Africa ready for NHI: critical next steps.” 

If you look on ERSA’s website you will find more details on the Symposium.

Developing clinical leadership in support of rural health systems

My colleagues – Ian Couper, David Campbell and Judi Walker – and I have just published a new article in Rural and Remote Health.

It is called “Transforming rural health systems through clinical academic leadership: lessons from South Africa.”

Here is the PDF version:  RRH article_clinical academic leadership.

Decentralised financial management capabilities for pilot hospital sites in South Africa

I have finally uploaded scanned copies of the last few annexures from the 1996 Hospital Strategy Project’s analysis of decentralised financial management issues.

Annexure F is very relevant to the current debate on readying public hospitals for National Health Insurance as it presents recommendations for decentralised financial management capabilities in pilot hospitals. 

Look on one of my ealier posts, entitled Decentralised Financial Management of Hospitals, for the uploaded files.

Guidelines for measuring the critical areas for financial management

I have just uploaded a scanned copy of another annexure (Annexure B contd.) from the 1996 Hospital Strategy Project’s analysis of decentralised financial management issues.

This annexure presents useful guidelines for measuring the critical areas for financial management.

Look on one of my ealier posts, entitled Decentralised Financial Management of Hospitals, for the uploaded files.  You can find it under ‘Categories’ to the right of the screen – under ‘Financing,’ ‘Hospitals’ or ‘Management and leadership.’