MANCOSA’s Newly Launched School of Healthcare is poised to boost skills required for an increasingly complex health system

The school intends to meet the up-skilling needs of 21st-century South African healthcare workers in a post-pandemic world

(Durban, SA, August 2022) MANCOSA has launched a brand new School of Healthcare (SOH) to address the Continuous Professional Development needs of healthcare workers in the country. Backed by MANCOSA’s 27 years of experience in distance and online higher education, the School of Healthcare will serve to meet the ever-changing demands placed on South Africa’s fragile, yet resilient and complex health workforce.

“Over the past two decades, MANCOSA has established itself as a progressive, responsive, and future-ready institution,” said Paresh Soni, Director of MANCOSA. “We must realise that the Covid-19 pandemic has reshaped the education and training needs of the overall healthcare workforce. Upskilling, reskilling and continuous professional development is necessary across all healthcare functions. MANCOSA intends to empower the healthcare workforces to remain attuned and responsive to the needs of future healthcare systems,” said Soni.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts a global workforce shortage of approximately 18 million healthcare workers by 2030, with South African statistics being even more concerning. However, Soni states that the timing of this launch is critical because of the global major shifts experienced across healthcare, as highlighted by a recent report from Deloitte.” “By 2040, healthcare, as we know it today, will no longer exist. There will be a fundamental shift from “healthcare” to “health.” And while disease will never be completely eliminated, through science, data, and technology, we will be able to identify it earlier, intervene proactively, and better understand its progression to help consumers more effectively and actively sustain their well-being. The future will focus on wellness and management by companies that assume new roles to drive value in the transformed health ecosystem.

These fundamental shifts in the global healthcare sector mean that the healthcare workforce will need to be upskilled and re-skilled in order to meet increasingly complex demands. MANCOSA’s SOH will contribute to the development of a future-ready healthcare workforce initially through a range of futuristic short learning programmes covering a wide range of healthcare-related topics. In addition, Soni says that MANCOSA is currently in the process of rolling out healthcare-related formal learning programmes such as the Higher Certificate in Healthcare Management.

The initial suite of short learning programmes will draw on MANCOSA’s higher education expertise, providing a combination of innovative, tech-driven and simulated programmes to deliver practical training required for healthcare workers. “We believe that our programmes will assist healthcare workers to hone their clinical and patient skills in preparing them to positively contribute to South Africa’s healthcare goals”, said Soni.

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The five courses currently offered through the MANCOSA SOH skillME platform include Psychiatric Patient Care, Infection Control in Healthcare Facilities, Public Healthcare: Health Promotion, Good Clinical Practice, and Ethics for Healthcare Professionals.