National Health Insurance (NHI) Reports

Booklet: Handbook for District Clinical Specialist Teams

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This Department of Health handbook is aimed at guiding the work of District Clinical Specialist Teams introduced as part of South Africa’s National Health Insurance.

Part of the country’s move towards a National Health Insurance and aimed at reducing maternal and child deaths, teams teams are made up of a number of specialists who provide clinical mentorship and guidance to health facilities. According to the National Department of Health handbook, teams should dedicated a maximum 70 percent of their time to clinical governance, 20 percent to clinical work and 10 percent on teaching and research.

The 78-page handbook outlines concepts such as clinical governance, how to track team effectiveness and ket interventions for reducing maternal and child deaths.

The booklet then uses examples from well-functioning district clinical specialist teams to illustrate how teams work. Finally, the document concludes with a number of suggested forms for, for instance, getting to know your district, mapping sub-districts and charting equipment available in antenatal clinics.

Download the handbook: Handbook for District Clinical Specialist Teams


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