Leadership from ‘below’?: clinical staff and public hospitals in South Africa

In earlier posts I’ve referred to two relatively lengthy reports on clinical leadership – one a literature review and the other reporting findings from interviews with clinical leaders in South African district hospitals.

The main findings from these reports are now summarised in a policy note that is applicable to practitioners from other sectors.

 

 

Clinical leadership in district hospitals in South Africa

Here is a report based on interviews with clinical staff at South African district hospitals about their leadership roles:

2014_Improving public hospitals through clinical leadership

 

The study was conducted for the Municipal Services Project which is located at the School of Government, University of the Western Cape, Republic of South Africa, and funded by the International Development Research Centre of Canada.

Clinical leadership: a literature review

Here is a review of international and South African  literature on the concept of clinical leadership in hospitals: Strengthening clinical leadership in hospitals: a review of international and South African literature

The review was conducted for the Municipal Services Project which is located at the School of Government, University of the Western Cape, Republic of South Africa, and funded by the International Development Research Centre of Canada.

Launch of the WONCA Rural Medical Education Guidebook

I have been privileged to contribute a chapter to the recently launched “WONCA Rural Medical Education Guidebook.” 

The book may be accessed online for free: click on the title above if you want to go to the website.

Here is my chapter: 2014_Models for undergraduate rural health placements.

The full reference is:

  • Doherty J. 2014. Chapter 4.3.1. Models for undergraduate rural health placements. In: Chater AB, Rourke J, Couper ID, Strasser RP, Reid S (eds). WONCA Rural Medical Education Guidebook. World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA): WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice. Available at: www.globalfamilydoctor.com.

 

 

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.

Regulating the for-profit private health sector in Africa

EQUINET (the Network on Equity in Health in Southern Africa) have just published an editorial and report on legislation governing the for-profit private health sector in east and southern Africa. To access these publications, click on the links below:

 

Doherty J. 2013. We cannot afford to leave the for-profit private health sector unregulated in Africa (editorial). EQUINET Newsletter 150: 01 August 2013. Available at: http://www.equinetafrica.org/newsletter/

 

Doherty J. 2013. Legislation on the for-profit private health sector in east and southern Africa. EQUINET Discussion Paper 99.  Harare: HEU, EQUINET. Available at: http://www.equinetafrica.org/bibl/docs/Diss%2099%20privsector%20laws%20Aug2013.pdf

 

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.

Will mid-level medical workers address staff shortages in public hospitals?

Here is my latest article on clinical associates:

Doherty J. 2013. Addressing staff shortages at public hospitals: a role for clinical associates? Public Health Association of Southern Africa Newsletter February 28. Available at: http://www.phasa.org.za/articles/addressing-staff-shortages-in-public-hospitals-a-role-for-clinical-associates.html

Mid-level medical workers in South Africa

I have just published the following open source article on mid-level medical health workers (Clinical Associates) in South Africa:

 

Doherty J, Conco D, Couper I, Fonn S. (2013) Developing a new mid-level health worker: lessons from South Africa’s experience with Clinical Associates. Global Health Action; 6: 19282. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/gha.v6i0.19282