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  Nursing and Ancillary Healthcare

Netcare's Nursing & Ancillary Healthcare faculty strives to be a market leader in healthcare and healthcare-related education and training. Training nurses, technicians and related personnel increases the availability of people with these critical skills for our organisation and the broader healthcare industry.

A dynamic team of experienced instructors, clinical facilitators and academics offer training in centres across South Africa.  We also engage in a number of initiatives with public hospitals and other private providers to support practical training placements of learners.
During their practical placement, learners gain workplace and clinical experience as required by the programme they are enrolled in, under the guidance of clinical facilitators and experienced nursing professionals. Netcare's extensive hospital footprint also provides a platform for the practical placement of learners.
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Certain programmes offered by the faculty are recognised by the following governing and accreditation bodies:

  • South African Nursing Council (SANC)
  • Post-basic programmes are currently offered under a liaison agreement with the University of the Witwatersrand
  • Umalusi (Provisional accrediation) where applicable
  • The Health and Welfare Sector Educational Training Authority (HWSETA) 

The faculty offers both basic and post-basic nursing programmes, and also offers a number of three and five day programmes that focus on specific areas of care, including HIV/Aids and Infection Control Principles.

The following diagram presents the nursing programmes offered, including the length of time to complete each programme and qualification obtained on completion. It also provides the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level for the South African Qualifications Framework (SAQA):

Ancillary healthcare
Ancillary healthcare professions have been established as an innovative solution to address the nursing skills shortage in South Africa. It involves moving non-nursing functions from nursing staff to new ancillary healthcare professionals. Ancillary healthcare is already an established profession in the United Kingdom and United States of America.

Clinical Engineering Technicians Assistant
The Clinical Equipment Technicians Assistant programme develops competencies in basic clinical equipment for first-line maintenance, support and preventative maintenance of medical equipment in the critical / high care and operating theatre environments.
Topics covered during the one year programme include:
  • Basic anatomy and physiology of all body systems
  • Basic scientific principles underlying the function of medical equipment
  • Setting up and operating medical equipment in critical / high care and operating theatre environments
  • Preventative maintenance and control of the operation of equipment