University of Kwazulu Natal

University of Kwazulu Natal

Project Summary

UKZN proposes a project designed to provide trainees with the requisite knowledge and skills to utilize the continuous quality improvement (CQI) method as a tool to strengthen HIV service delivery in the health system, leveraging the combined strength of multidisciplinary health care teams. “Strengthening the Workforce to Improve Treatment and Care for HIV (SWITCH)”, will use person-centred, as opposed to disease-centred approaches and the pedagogy of inter-professional education to educate trainees about the power of multi-disciplinary team-based learning and health care teams. When these teams share expertise and accountability for patient care, communicate effectively, and adopt CQI strategies, they are able to generate health care solutions for complex health care problems. We intend to conduct inter-professional education with trained and experienced academic staff members as facilitators for a target population of final year medical (6th year), nursing (4th year) and pharmacy (4th year) students, and the same groups in their first year of clinical practice, either as interns or community service practitioners. The training will be done using real life case studies of people living with HIV, followed by facilitator mentorship to support trainees when they set up CQI teams and implement data-driven CQI processes and activities. Decentralised training sites as part of the UKZN clinical training platform for all health professional groups, including remote rural facilities, will also be used in implementing both training and mentorship for implementation. In addition, UKZN will also support partner institutions to conduct HIV training using inter-professional education, and will introduce CQI approaches to these institutions.

Team

  • Mosa Moshabela
  • Fatima Suleman
  • Serela Ramklass
  • Ntombifikile Mtshali
  • Nisha Nadesan-Reddy