Here’s how HospiceWits’s short courses can set you on a path to provide care in your community

South Africa’s healthcare services were already overburdened and overstretched before COVID-19 struck, but the pandemic has made the need for adequate healthcare and supportive therapeutic skills in our communities even more acute.

HospiceWits, in association with the Centre for Palliative Learning and Healthcare Skills Development, aims to fill this gap by equipping people with the skills needed to provide care in their communities through a range of short, non-accredited courses.

All courses are presented by Francois De Marcy Pugin, the supervisor at our CPL, a registered nurse general, community and psychiatry, an accoucher, and also the Quality Assurance Coordinator for HospiceWits.

Non-accredited courses

The short, non-accredited courses offered through HospiceWits’ training department provide the opportunity for adult-based learning, self-enhancement and learning development. By completing these courses, students equip themselves with professional, supportive and therapeutic skills to utilise within their communities and alleviate the burden on South African healthcare systems, which are especially under pressure at the moment. All non-accredited courses are NQF Level 1.

  • Ancillary Healthcare Workers Course (AHC)

This course’s duration is 10 days (over a three-month period) and has both a theoretical (conducted via face-to-face sessions) and a practical component, which touch on the following aspects related to home care:

– General hygiene in the home.

– Bed bathing, bed making, and making sure the patient is comfortable at all times.

– Mouth care and proper cleaning procedures.

– Prevention of bedsores by regular massage of body parts and changing positions.

– Temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure.

– Basic nutrition and education to family members about what to feed the patient.

– Care of the dying, preparation of the family and patients, unfinished matters.

– HIV/AIDS and TB. 

– Foundational anatomy and physiology. 

– Professional communication as opposed to social communication. 

– Patient rights and dignity. 

Assessments, assignments and tests will be written, and a certificate will be issued upon completion.

Cost: R4700

  • Community Home-Based Palliative Care Introduction Course (PHBC)

Also completed in 10 days over a three-month period, the PHBC has a theoretical (conducted via face-to-face sessions) and a practical component, which equip students with the following skills relating to home care.

– General hygiene in the home.

– Bed bathing, bed making and making sure the patient is comfortable at all times.

– Mouth care and proper cleaning procedures.

– Prevention of bedsores by regular massage of body parts and changing positions.

– Temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure (BP).

– Basic nutrition and education to family members about what to feed the patient.

– Care of the dying, preparation of the family and patients, unfinished matters.

– Professional communication as opposed to social communication.

– Patient rights and dignity.

– Palliative care to persons with life-threatening illnesses; includes symptom management, pain control, medication management and much more.

Assessments, assignments and tests will be written, and a certificate will be issued upon completion.

Cost: R4700

  • Anticipated Grief, Loss and Bereavement Course (GLB)

Aimed at supporting both adults and children, the theoretical component of these courses is presented via face-to-face workshops. The course helps students:

– To increase knowledge and understanding of grief, loss and bereavement.

– To develop insight into grief through the ages.

– To learn new and creative ways of supporting the bereaved.

– To develop new insights and skills for grief and bereavement support.

– To enhance self-awareness.

Cost: Adults – R2500, Children – R2500

  • Dementia Course (DEM)

This two-day workshop equips caregivers to offer appropriate supportive care to people who have dementia-related conditions. The course has theoretical and practical components.

Cost: R2500

  • Practical Nursing Care Course (PNC)

This 10-day workshop introduces students to basic nursing procedures, including but not limited to:

– Bed bathing, bed making, and making sure the patient is comfortable at all times.

– Mouth care and proper cleaning procedures.

– Prevention of bedsores by regular massage of body parts and changing positions.

– Temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure.

– Basic nutrition and education to family members about what to feed the patient.

Cost: R2500

Please take note that registration for any of HospiceWits’ non-accredited courses is always open. Non-accredited courses will start once the course intake is full, and dates will be communicated in due course in this regard.

Click here to see a detailed breakdown of each accredited and non-accredited course on offer, and send an email to training@hospicewits.co.za for more information or to get registration forms.