Circular 11/2012 Year end closure of Council offices

Circular 11/2012 Year end closure of Council offices

 
  

29 November 2012

TO:National Department of Health
 Provincial Departments of Health
 Nursing Education Institutions
 Nursing Stakeholders

South African Nursing Council – Year End Closure

 

The South African Nursing Council offices will be closed at the year end from 21st December 2012 to 2nd January 2013.

 

However, during this period SANC will be offering limited services at Cash Management for payment of annual fees and purchasing of distinguishing devices ONLY on the following dates:

8th December 2012 08h00- 16h00

15th December 2012 08h00-16h00

22nd December 2012 08h00-16h00

27th December 2012 08h00-16h00

28th December 2012 08h00-16h00

31st December 2012 08h00-12h00

The SANC offices will close at 16:30 on Thursday, 20th December 2012.

The SANC offices will re-open at 08:00 on Thursday, 3rd January 2013.

 

Kindly inform all persons in your institutions so that they are aware in advance of the dates the Council will be closed and dates when SANC will be offering limited services.

Alternatively, payments for annual fees can be made into SANC’s bank account.  Payments will be recorded effective from the date the payment is made into the bank account, or in the case of internet of other electronic banking payments, on the date that the transactions will be effected as per agreement with the client’s own bank.

 

SANC banking details are:

Name of bank :First National Bank
Account number :514 211 86 193
Branch code :253145
Reference :Person’s own SANC reference number

 

Yours Sincerely,

Signed
Tendani Mabuda (Mr)
Registrar and CEO
SA Nursing Council

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Circular 11/2012 Year end closure of Council offices

Circular 1/2012 SANC – Easter holiday closure times

 
  

4 April 2012

TO ALL:Nursing Education Institutions
 Nursing Stakeholders

South African Nursing Council – Easter Holidays Closure
5 April 2012 – 10 April 2012

 

Please be informed that the South African Nursing Council (SANC) offices will be closing at 13:00 on 5 April 2012 in preparation for Easter holidays, and re-opening on 10 April 2012 at 08:00.

Kindly inform all persons in your institutions so that they are aware in advance of the dates the Council will be closed.

We wish you safe Easter holidays.

 

Signed
Mr T Mabuda
Registrar and CEO

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Circular 10/2012 Licensing of Nursing Agencies by SANC

Circular 10/2012 Licensing of Nursing Agencies by South African Nursing Council

 
  

20 November 2012

TO:National Department of Health
 Provincial Departments of Health
 Nursing Agencies
 Nursing Institutions
 Nursing Stakeholders

Licensing of Nursing Agencies by South African Nursing Council

 

PURPOSE

The purpose of this circular is to provide clarity on matters relating to the licensing of the Nursing Agencies.

 

BACKGROUND

South African Nursing Council (SANC) Circular 1 of 2011 has reference.

SANC has in its meeting held on the 27th of September 2012 resolved that:

The files of Nursing Agencies which were previously licensed by the South African Nursing Council be handed over to the National Department of Health as the South African Nursing Council has no mandate to regulate Nursing Agencies under the Nursing Act, 2005.
 
All enquiries relating to Nursing Agencies should be directed to the National Department of Health, Nursing Services Directorate.

In this regard, all the Nursing Agencies files on South African Nursing Council database as of 31 December 2010 have been handed over to the National Department of Health.

Also note that the SANC will continue to regulate the Scope of Practice of Nurse Practitioners in terms of the Nursing Act, 2005 and relevant South African Nursing Council rules and regulations.

 

 

Sincerely

 

Signed
Tendani Mabuda (Mr)
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

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Circular 9/2012 Extension of the date of submission of new nursing programmes for accreditation by SANC and CHE (dual submission: Circular 6/2012)

Circular 9/2012 Extension of the date of submission of new nursing programmes for accreditation by SANC and CHE (dual submission: Circular 6/2012)

 
  

30 October 2012

TO ALL:Nursing Education Institutions
 Provincial Departments of Health
 Stakeholders

Extension of the Date of Submission of New Nursing Programmes for Accreditation by the South African Nursing Council and Council on Higher Education (Dual Submission: Circular No. 6/2012)

 

PURPOSE

To inform Nursing Education Institutions about the new date of submission of new nursing programmes to the South African Nursing Council and Council on Higher Education (Dual submission).

 

Background

The South African Nursing Council Circular No. 7/2012, extended the date of offering legacy nursing qualifications to June 2015, and further outlined some of the processes that are to be completed to facilitate the implementation of Circular No. 6 /2012.

Extension date of dual submission of the new nursing programmes to the South African Nursing Council and Council on Higher Education

In view of the contents of Circular No. 7 of 2012, the new date for dual submission of the new nursing programmes for accreditation is 30 November 2013.  Nursing Education Institutions are urged to abide by this extension date.

Enquiries may be directed to:The Senior Manager: Nursing Education and Training
For attention: Dr S Mkhize
E-mail address: smkhize@sanc.co.za
Telephone number: 012 420 1022

 

Yours Sincerely,

Signed
Mr Tendani Mabuda
Registrar and CEO: 
South African Nursing Council

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Circular 6/2012 Dual submission of programmes for accreditation to SANC and to CHE

Circular 6/2012 Dual submission of programmes for accreditation to SANC and to CHE

 
  

27 July 2012

TO ALL:Nursing Education Institutions
 Provincial Departments of Health
 Stakeholders

Dual Submission of Programmes for Accreditation to South African Nursing Council (SANC) and Council on Higher Education (CHE)

 

1.    PURPOSE

To meet requirements for registration of programmes and registration of professional designation
To guide nursing education institutions (NEI’s) when developing curriculum/s for submission to SANC and CHE 

 

2.    BACKGROUND

The South African Nursing Council as a statutory body and ETQA has responsibility of ensuring compliance by nursing education institutions with the Nursing Act No. 33 of 2005 and other relevant legislation in provisioning of nursing education and training.  The Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005), chapter 2, section 42, sub-sections (1), (2), (3) and (4) states that:

“(1)    An institution intending to conduct a nursing education and training programme in order to prepare persons for practice in any one of the categories contemplated in section 31 (of the Act) must first—

(a)    apply to the Council in writing for accreditation and submit information on—

(i)    the education and training programme to be provided; and

(ii)    how it will meet the prescribed standards and conditions for education and training;

(b)    furnish the Council with any additional information required by the Council for purposes of accreditation of the education and training programme; and

(c)    pay the prescribed fee.”

 

The Higher Education Act of 1997 assigns responsibility for quality assurance in higher education in South Africa to the Council on Higher Education (CHE).  This responsibility is discharged through its permanent sub-committee, the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC).  The mandate of the HEQC includes quality promotion, institutional audit and programme accreditation.  The HEQC’s criteria for programme accreditation should be used as the basis for an institution’s self-evaluation of the programme(s) submitted for accreditation, along with additional benchmarks which the institution might set for itself.  The HEQC will use the criteria, the self-evaluation report and supporting evidence provided by the institution, in the evaluation of applications for programme accreditation (new programmes) or reaccreditation (existing programmes).

 

3.    SCOPE AND PRIMARY FOCUS OF SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL

All providers/applicant provider organizations that fall within the scope of the SANC and which offer education and training programmes which culminate in specified qualifications or who manage the assessment thereof, or both, must be accredited by the South African Nursing Council, as stipulated in the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005), section 42, in order to offer such education and training and assessment.

In this regard, the SANC will only:

accredit constituent providers that fall within its primary focus area
perform both institutional and learning programme accreditation for constituent providers in co-operation with Higher Education Quality Committee
perform education and training or assessment in terms of specific NQF qualifications that fall within its scope

 

4.    GENERAL CRITERIA FOR ACCREDITATION OF PROGRAMME

The conformance criteria that are set by SANC are as follows:

Programme design
Student recruitment, admission and selection
Staff selection, appraisal and development
Teaching and learning strategy
Learning programmes
Student assessment and procedures
Physical, administrative and financial resources
Management of clinical practice learning
Management of assessment and moderation
Appeal process
Record keeping and reporting
Quality management system

 

HEQC has set the following criteria:

Programme design
Student recruitment, admission and selection
Staffing
Teaching and learning strategy
Student assessment and procedures
Infrastructure and library resources
Programme administrative services
Post graduate policies, regulations and procedures
Programme coordination
Academic development for student success
Teaching and learning interactions
Student assessment practices
Coordination of work-based learning
Delivery of post basic programmes
Student retention and throughput rates
Programme impact

 

5.    ACCREDITATION PROCESS

All prospective providers will be treated as new applicants as these will be new qualifications.  Approach to accreditation is based on:

Self-evaluation against general criteria and specific requirements specified in the relevant occupational curriculum components (subjects and or modules)
A culture of self-regulation and strong links to relevant professional, occupational and industry bodies and associations will be encouraged to maintain and raise standards.  The process includes the following steps which can lead to provisional, conditional or full accreditation of the provider:  (See flowcharts below)

 

Click here to see SANC ACCREDITATION PROCESS flowchart

 

Click here to see CHE ACCREDITATION PROCESS flowchart

 

6.    OUTCOMES OF ACCREDITATION

The review panel first evaluates the programme(s) against each individual criterion as set out in the Criteria for Programme Accreditation.  The following categories are used to classify the results in each instance:

a)    Commend/Accredit: the minimum standards specified in the criterion were fully met and, in addition, good practices and innovation were identified in relation to the criterion

b)    Meets minimum standards/Accredit:  Minimum standards as specified in the criteria were met

c)    Needs improvement/ accredit provisionally:  Did not comply with all the minimum standards specified in the criterion.  Problems/weaknesses could be addressed in a short period of time

d)    Does not comply/ Not accredited:  Did not comply with the majority of the minimum standards specified in the criterion

 

7.    PERIOD OF ACCREDITATION

SANC:  New programmes will be accredited as follows:

New one and two year programmes may be accredited for a maximum of three years.
New programmes with a duration of three years and longer may be accredited for a maximum of six years

 

HEQC:  New programmes will be accredited as follows:

New one and two year programmes may be accredited for a maximum of three years.
New programmes with a duration of three years and longer may be accredited for a maximum of six years

 

8.    HANDLING OF AN APPLICATION THAT DOES NOT MEET ACCREDITATION REQUIREMENTS

Office of the Council sends a letter giving prospective provider another three (3) months to rectify outstanding requirements

Prospective provider may apply for an extension of up to an additional three (3) months

 

9.    HANDLING OF RE-SUBMISSION OF AN APPLICATION

Office of the Council reviews re-submission and decides on the following:

to send re-submission to Accreditation committee
to schedule further accreditation visit; or
to decline application

 

10.    APPEALS

Appeals are dealt with in line with the Appeals Policy and Procedure.  An applicant provider or organisation may access the SANC Appeals Policy and Procedure(1) should the organisation be dissatisfied with any of the following during the accreditation process:

the accreditation decision
the accreditation process itself; or
the evidence requirements for accreditation

NB:  The policy stipulates time frames for appeals.  If no appeal is forthcoming within the specified period, the results will be accepted as final and binding.

 

11.    PROVIDER MONITORING AND AUDITS

Providers will receive a monitoring visit in the first year after accreditation and will be audited at least once per accreditation period.

Additional monitoring and auditing will take place at the discretion of SANC.  Such monitoring and auditing can take place without prior notice.

 

Any queries regarding above-mentioned circular must be directed to:

Dr. S. W. Mkhize: Senior Manager: Education and Training

Phone: 012  420-1022

E-mail:  smkhize@sanc.co.za

 

Signed
Mr. T. Mabuda
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

(1)  See SANC Appeals Policy and Procedure

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Circular 5/2012 Revised fees payable to SANC for accreditation of Nursing Education Institutions (latest – amends Circular 4/2012)

Circular 5/2012 Revised fees payable to SANC for accreditation of Nursing Education Institutions (latest – amends Circular 4/2012)

 
  
TO ALL:Nursing Education Institutions
 Provincial Departments of Health
 Stakeholders

Implementation of Revised Fees Payable to the South African Nursing Council for Accreditation of Nursing Education Institutions

 

PURPOSE

The purpose of this circular is to inform providers of Nursing Education and Training, Provincial Departments of Health and stakeholders about the implementation of revised fees payable to the South African Nursing Council (SANC) for accreditation of nursing education institutions (NEI’s).  This circular amends South African Nursing Council Circular 4/2012.

 

IMPLEMENTATION

The Council, at its meeting of 28-29 March 2012, approved the fees stated below.  The revised fees are in accordance with the cost of processing applications, conducting accreditation visits and service to the nursing education institutions.

1.    Motivation for fees payable for the accreditation of nursing education institution

1.1    The SANC, as an accredited Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA), is required to promote the quality of education and training amongst the nursing education and training providers.

1.2    These quality promotion activities have impact on the administrative and resources requirements, with considerable financial implications.

1.3    With the implementation of these fees for accreditation, the South African Nursing Council will be in position to improve on the quality and quantity of resources required for the accreditation process.

2.    Accreditation fees

2.1    Fees are determined in the following manner:

INSTITUTION:RATE NO. 1RATE NO. 2RATE NO. 3
Number of programmes1-2 = R10 000-003-6 = R15 000-007-10 = R20 000-00
Learner enrolment25-50 = R5 000-0051-75 = R10 000-0076-100 = R15 000-00
Accreditation: additional learning facilities1 = R10 000-002-4 = R15 000-005-10 = R20 000-00
Accreditation: additional clinical facilities1-5 = R5 000-006-10 = R10 000-0011-20 = R15 000-00
Re-accreditation of a nursing education institutionR5 000-00  
Accreditation of a new nursing education institutionR20 000-00  
ACCREDITATION OF ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMES:
One-yearR1 000-00  
Two-yearR2 000-00  
Four-yearR5 000-00  
Post registration/
Post basic
R7 500-00  

 

N.B.:    Please note that these fees are subject to 14% VAT.  The above fee structure is applicable with effect from 1 June 2012.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Nursing education institutions are assessed in the following manner:

Accreditation of a new nursing education institution (programme/s offered; number of intakes per programmes).
Routine accreditation of existing nursing education institution (programme/s offered, number of intake of students per intake).
Application of additional learning facilities or relocation.
Application of additional clinical facilities or relocation.
Application for additional programme/s to be offered.

 

Signed
Mr T Mabuda
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

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Special News Item 2/2012 Special Recognition Awards

Special News Item 2/2012

12 May 2012

South African Nursing Council – Recognition Awards 2012

 

On 12 May 2012, the South African Nursing Council celebrated International Nurses’ Day wherein nurses globally were remembering and reflecting on the meaning and value of their own and collective contribution in the delivery of healthcare.

This year as part of the commemoration, the Council paid tribute and saluted visionary leadership provided by various nurse leaders in the transformation of the nursing profession in line with the democratic principles espoused in the Constitution of South Africa.  The contribution by these awardees gave birth to the democratization of the nursing profession.

Those who received awards are:

Prof WJ Kotzé
Prof P Nzimande
Mr S Dlamini

For detailed information regarding the contribution they have made, click on each name.

 

Special News Item 1/2012 Building named

Special News Item 1/2012

12 May 2012

Council Building named after Cecilia Makiwane

At a morning function held to celebrate International Nurses’ Day 2012, the South African Nursing Council building was officially named in honour of Cecilia Makiwane, the first black registered professional nurse in Africa.  The building is now officially named the Cecilia Makiwane Building.

During the naming ceremony, nurses from all over South Africa renewed their “Nurses Pledge”, holding lighted candles as symbols of the lamp which was, according to the soldiers who were there, once carried by Florence Nightingale during her rounds of the wards in Crimean War hospitals.