The South African National Defence Force and National Department of Health are coordinating efforts for practitioners wishing to volunteer their services. The South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) is calling on registered healthcare practitioners to join their ranks in the fight against the COVID-19. They are specifically looking for medical doctors, professional nurses, enrolled nurses and […]
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) keeps practitioners updated with information concerning COVID-19, ranging from frequently asked questions, providing technical resources and guidelines, information on prevention, and communication resources that can be utilised across settings. Practitioners are advised to acquaint themselves with the latest NICD guidelines on COVID-19: Guidelines for symptoms monitoring and management […]
In order to keep yourself, your dental practice and your patients safe, the Professional Board for Dental Assisting, Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene has compiled a list of procedures and precautionary measures that you can implement. 1. Disinfection/Sterilisation There are three principal modes of virus spread, all of which are relevant to the field of dentistry; […]
COVID-19 guidance to members of the HPCSA Professional Board for Dental Assisting, Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene.
The Professional Board for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians has been inundated with queries from practitioners on whether they can start operating their practices during Level 4 of the current lockdown due to COVID-19. The Board would like to provide the following guidance in due consideration that level 4 lockdown is not business as usual: Practitioners […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to new and increased demands for the treatment and care of South Africans infected and affected by the virus. Health practitioners are operating under conditions that the current regulatory framework has not anticipated. The healthcare system will need more practitioners for an effective response against the pandemic. This may lead […]
On 26 March 2020, the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) published guidance to practitioners on the application of the Telemedicine Guidelines; as contained in Booklet 10 of the Guidelines for Good Practice in the Healthcare Professions to assist with the disruption of the transmission of the virus. During his address to the nation on […]
In view of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the state of national disaster as announced by the President in terms of the Disaster Management Act, 2002, the HPCSA acknowledges that this has affected some practitioners’ ability to pay their annual fees. This situation has also affected the Provincial Departments in effecting the personal deduction and […]
The Council for Medical Schemes’ (CMS) governance structure, the Council, in concurrence with the Minister of Health, wishes to advise the industry of the following interventions, aimed at protecting the interests of members, in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and subsequent national lockdown from 26 March until 16 April 2020. 1. COVID-19 […]
The COVID-19 outbreak constitutes a public health emergency and risk to practitioners, patients and more broadly, the well-being of the South African community. The declaration made by the honourable president on the 16th March 2020, followed by regulation R43107 published on 18th March 2020 and the declaration of a nationwide lockdown on the 23rd March […]
The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is a statutory established in terms of the Health Professions Act, 56 of 1974; to provide for control over the education, training and registration for and practicing of health professions registered under the Act. The nature of health professional regulation is that of self-regulation in which society […]
On 15 March 2020, the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa declared the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) a national disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002. Subsequent to that pronouncement, the HPCSA invoked its Business Continuity Plan which will govern operations during this period. The plan is aimed at […]
Guide to HPCSA online renewal that will enable practitioners access to statements, invoices, code practising cards and change membership status.
The unfolding COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented occurrence requiring a systematic coordinated response. The National Department of Health and National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) have developed clinical guidelines for health workers, frequently asked questions, a quick reference infographic and information on communicable diseases to assist practitioners. The HPCSA recognises practitioner concerns about their own […]
The HPCSA annual fees for 2020/21 have been published. Annual fees are to be settled before 1 April 2020. See the breakdown of fees by professional board, as well as information on how to pay, exemptions, erasure and restoration below. Practitioners requiring statements, invoices and practising cards can do so online through the ‘practitioners portal’ at https://practitioners.hpcsa.co.za/. The portal also allows […]
A recent report by the WHO, UNICEF and The Lancet , featuring contributions from a researcher from Stellenbosch University (SU) found the health and future of every child and adolescent worldwide is under immediate threat from ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices that push fast food, sugary drinks, alcohol and tobacco at children. No single […]
As part of the HPCSA’s ongoing initiatives aimed at improving service delivery, Council has appointed a Service Provider, Plus 94 Research, to conduct an independent Client Satisfaction Survey. The Survey will be conducted from February 2020. Practitioners will be randomly sampled and requested to participate in the Survey in order to help Council improve its product […]
The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has noted media reports in which various stakeholders have made public comments regarding the National Health Insurance Bill. The National Department of Health would like to encourage all interested parties that have a constructive comment on the National Health Insurance Bill to engage with the consultation process that […]
HPCSA registered practitioners are invited to nominate candidates for the new HPCSA Professional Boards. The current term of office for the Professional Boards expires on 30 June 2020, and the Council requests that the nominations for eligible candidates reach the Returning Officer by no later than 6 February 2020.
About this time last year, I wrote my last festive season message to staff and the hospital community at my previous place of employment, Helen Joseph Hospital. It was an emotional moment to bid farewell to a community that I had come to love and respect. As I wrote that message I was at the […]