CONTEXT OF THE HEALTHCARE CENTRE PROGRAM
The Hambisela Healthcare Centre Program is focused on in-depth training of community therapists and healthcare workers, to develop their specialized knowledge of cerebral palsy and skills for the management of the condition. The overall objective is to establish an effective and well-managed cerebral palsy management programme within the community healthcare structures throughout the Eastern Cape.
The Healthcare Centre Program is under development, with the development cycle focused on:
- Establishing the current status (baseline) of healthcare services for individuals with cerebral palsy in the public healthcare service in the Eastern Cape;
- Trialing elements of the likely Healthcare Centre Programme in two stages (first in Port Elizabeth during 2012, and thereafter in modified / adapted format in East London in 2013) to gain experience, and assist with the assessment of what works / what doesn’t / what the challenges are;
- Reviewing suitable best-practice models for public / community healthcare services from elsewhere in the country / Africa / the world to inform the development of the model;
- Designing / refining the Healthcare Centre Model to meet the needs and constraints in the Eastern Cape;