COVID-19 and the 501Y.V2 variant panel discussion

The National Department of Health is hosting a scientific panel discussion onCOVID-19 and the 501Y.V2 variant tonight, Monday 18 January 2020 at 18:00.

HPCSA elects new leadership team

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has a new leadership team for the next five years. Following the process of nomination by the practitioners, twelve new Professional Boards were appointed by the Minister of Health in accordance with the Health Professions Act no. 56 of 1974. The chairpersons of the new Boards will […]

HPCSA inducts newly appointed Professional Boards members

The HPCSA hosted a comprehensive induction programme for its newly appointed and re-appointed Professional Board members.

HPCSA commemorating Mental Health Month

The Professional Board for Psychology is commemorating Mental Health Month in October as part of Mental Health Awareness. This year’s theme of ‘Mental health for all’ is of particular relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the numbers of positive cases are currently decreasing locally, the pandemic has left a lasting effect on the mental […]

Position statement on NMES

In response to concerns received about Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), the Board for Speech, Language and Hearing(SLH) assigned a working group to formulate a position statement on treatment protocols. The resulting position statement below was guided by literature, international professional association position papers; including American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists Association (NZSTA), National Institute […]

Adhering to HPCSA registration requirements

It has come to the attention of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (henceforth referred to as ‘Council’) that there are various healthcare institutions who are employing healthcare practitioners registered with Council in the category of postgraduate studies to perform clinical work. Council would like to categorically state that this is an unacceptable practice […]

HPCSA operations

In light of the easing of lockdown regulations, the HPCSA request the continued use of our online facilities in the interest of health and safety concerns. Registration and/or restoration requests can be submitted via email with accompanying digital copies of the required documents. Once verified, the registrations will be converted to permanent registration. Applications for registrations from […]

Healthcare worker safety

The Department of Health released a statement reaffirming their commitment to securing the health, safety and wellbeing of all frontline health care workers. The department highlighted the deployment of an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) workstream as part of the Incident Management Team, which focusses specifically on managing significant outbreaks, as is the case with […]

HPCSA saddened by COVID-19 deaths of healthcare workers

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is saddened by the increasing number of deaths that the country is currently experiencing since the outbreak of COVID-19. As of 30 August 2020, there are 625 056 confirmed cases and 14 028 deaths countrywide. This also includes healthcare workers who have succumbed to the virus. According […]

Importance of oral health

The World Health Organisation (WHO) highlights the importance of oral health as a key indicator of overall health, well-being and quality of life. With most oral health conditions largely preventable, dental assisting, dental therapy and oral hygienists have a crucial role to play, especially in the prevention and treatment of these conditions. The Dental Assisting, […]

Maintenance of licensure

In 2013 the HPCSA proposed the introduction of a new program of monitoring the competency of healthcare professionals in the form of Maintenance of Licensure (MoL). This programme will replace the current Continuing Professional Development programme (CPD). The main objective of the MoL is to reassure the public that they are receiving treatment from competent healthcare professionals. This […]

Community health and COVID-19

Life is not the same anymore. Community health workers find themselves in the frontline of the fight against COVID-19, making a difference on the ground and helping the most vulnerable in society. Through the performance of their duties community health workers are exposed to COVID-19 on a daily basis and it is starting to take […]

Educational opportunity for Dental Assistants

Now that Dental Assistants are registered and recognised as one of the Oral Health team professionals, the Department of Health and Military Health has created an educational opportunity for Dental Assistants by offering a one-year internship programme. The requirement age is 35 years and below. The application must accompany certificates and proof of HPCSA registration.  […]

Record keeping

It is a legal requirement and best practice for dental practitioners to keep all patient dental records for as long as possible. HPCSA guidelines state that records should be stored for a period of not less than six years as from the date that they become dormant, so far as it is practically and financially possible to […]

Emotional wellbeing

The HPCSA has a non-punitive Health Committee that assists practitioners, including registered students, who suffer from mental or physical challenges or the abuse of or dependence on chemical substances, which affect competence, attitude, judgement or performance. The Health Committee regulates and advises impaired practitioners who suffer from a mental or physical condition or the abuse […]

2020 HPCSA symposia dates

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the country and the world, and with many public gatherings barred from taking place, the HPCSA had to cancel all practitioner roadshows and symposia that were scheduled to take place this year. As an alternative, the HPCSA will be hosting its symposia on digital platforms to ensure […]

New HPCSA registration guidelines for medical practitioners

The Medical and Dental Professions Board (MDB) considered the registration of South African Citizens who hold qualifications not prescribed for registration during the board meeting held on the 19th and 24th June 2020. The MDB decided on the pathway for registering such citizens who hold foreign qualifications and who are not registered as medical practitioners […]

HPCSA fees for provincial government practitioners

All provincial government health practitioner employees must liaise with their respective provincial health departments to check if deductions were done on PERSAL for payment of their annual fees for 2020/21

New chairperson of CMS Council

The Minister of Health has appointed Professor Lungile Pepeta as the new Chairperson of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), the regulator of the medical schemes industry. This appointment is effective from 18 June 2020 to the end of November 2020. Announcing the appointment, Dr Sipho Kabane, Chief Executive and Registrar of CMS said the […]

COVID-19 working environment tips

In order to keep yourself, your colleagues and your patients safe we have compiled a list of procedures and precautionary measures that you can implement. Disinfection/Sterilisation There are three principal modes of virus spread: airborne spread—owing to exposure to bodily fluids and generated droplets, spatter and aerosols; contact spread—owing to contact with bodily fluids, patient […]