5. PROGRESS TO DATE
5.1 Development of a CPD Framework
A CPD Framework was initiated and developed to the current Version 3. This was possible through national and international benchmarking as well as engagement with stakeholders who provided valuable comments and input.
5.2 Feasibility study
A feasibility study was conducted in November and December 2013. The aim of the study was to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and capacity to establish an effective and sustainable SANC CPD process for Nurses and Midwives within South Africa.
5.3 CPD Pilot study
A CPD Pilot study was conducted in the Gauteng and Mpumalanga provinces from August 2015 to February 2016. The aim of the Pilot study was to explore the feasibility of the CPD project in order to determine the adjustments/adaptations required to facilitate a national roll-out. The findings of the Pilot study confirmed that, although there were barriers that prevented some participants from succeeding in acquiring the required CPD points, nurses expressed their support for and recognised the value of CPD. The study further yielded valuable input as to the relevance of the proposed thematic areas (highlighted in
Table 1 above) as well as equitable access to CPD activities and opportunities.
5.4 Consultative Road shows
Road shows were conducted by the Council in all nine provinces during June to December 2016 to disseminate information on the purpose, process and nature of CPD.
The information sessions were attended by representatives from the Public and Private hospitals, the South African Military Health Services, Correctional Services, South African National Blood Services, NGOs, School Health Services, Nursing Education Institutions, Community Healthcare Centres and Clinics, Occupational Health organizations, Hospice Association and Old Age homes; as well as
MTN Mobile, Eskom, PIKIT-UP and the Road Accident Fund.
5.5 CPD Stakeholder Forum
SANC established a CPD Stakeholder Forum, comprising of leaders in Nursing and Midwifery from the Public and Private sector, South African Military Health Services, Correctional Services, Private and Public Nursing Education Institutions and Labour organisations. This forum meets twice per annum to share information regarding progress on CPD.
6. CPD IMPLEMENTATION/ROLL-OUT
For various reasons, including the need to purchase an ICT application which can be utilised for CPD, the SANC is not yet ready for a full roll-out of CPD. The draft CPD Framework shared at the Stakeholders’ meeting in October 2017 is a ‘baseline’ document that will be amended as necessary. Once all the necessary systems are in place, have been tested and are approved by the Council, the roll-out plan, including the implementation
time frames and approach for the implementation of CPD, will be communicated to the profession and related stakeholders.
For further information in respect of this Circular, you are advised to contact The Manager: CPD – Ms A. Mnguni at
(012) 426 9576 or on e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org