Increase the number of healthcare staff in rural hospitals
Through the identification, training and support of rural youth who are interested and capable of becoming qualified healthcare workers, we will be able to address the shortage of healthcare staff at participating rural hospitals.
The process works as follows:
- We identify suitable candidates by means of outreach programmes in rural schools. We inform pupils of health science disciplines as a career opportunity, and we evaluate high school graduates who have already obtained a place at a university.
- Learners who are interested in obtaining a health science degree are invited to attend the Hospital Open Day, where they meet various qualified healthcare professionals and learn more about the different professions, and how a hospital operates.
- Learners are required to apply to university themselves in order to be considered for our student bursaries. They are required to complete one week’s voluntary work at the hospital and to attend the selection interviews.
- Once a student joins the programme, they receive comprehensive financial support, as well as academic and social mentorship.
- On graduation, we ensure that they obtain positions at local hospitals to allow them to honour their work back contracts.
- We support graduates with their integration into the hospital working environment, as well as their on-going professional development.
We conduct research on rural health recruitment and retention to inform and improve our operational structure. Through our work, we seek to influence the recruitment and training of healthcare professionals for rural practice.