The Knowledge Hub (KH) is an online platform connecting the public health workforce to relevant, high quality continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities and resources. To provide excellent health care to patients, healthcare professionals need to improve their skills and performance, as well as to implement strategies to develop effective managers and health practitioners. Through the KH, they can:
- Access curated and effective professional development opportunities and resources, including online and blended-learning courses, face-to-face workshops, self-study resources, policies, guidelines and reference materials;
- Access an eLibrary of curated legislation, policies, guidelines, standard operating procedures (SOPs), reference materials, and best practices (without having to log into the system);
- Customize their experience based on their job profile and needs and making the information more specific and relevant.
The KH supports learning delivery either entirely online (e-learning) or combined with traditional face-to-face delivery (blended learning). The intention is to build a ‘one-stop-shop’ through which healthcare professionals can locate and access both mandatory training opportunities implemented by Department and a wider catalogue of recommended, approved CPD opportunities and resources that can help them do their jobs more easily and effectively.
To support the implementation of the new TLD HIV treatment, online training for health care workers was developed and is available for clinicians to provide guidance on initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART) naïve clients; switching existing clients including second and third line on TLD and provision of integrated ART, tuberculosis and family planning services.
The KH team is working closely with the NDoH to develop and roll out COVID-19 management and infection prevention and control training (virtual workshops and online courses) for all workers in the South African public health care sector. Access to the latest processes, procedures and guidelines is critical to the nation’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and the KH is central to the NDoH’s communication.