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These incumbents will be responsible for supporting the Pap smear screening programme by co-ordinating and mapping outreach services for mobilisation and health education strategies. They will be linking and navigating patients through referral processes to ensure their linkage to care. Acting as community liaison officers for the outreach activities, the Patient Navigators will work closely with the cervical cancer screening structures to target hard-to-reach populations (HIV-positive women, and women of childbearing age), linking clients to treatment and ensuring that their continuity of care.
- Participate in data analysis (facility targets, tracer indicators, cascades)
- Submit daily, weekly and monthly data reports to the facility
- Track linkage targets, and prepare and submit monthly reports
- Support quality improvement processes to strengthen linkage approaches and identify and document good linkage practices
- Serve as a point of contact and information node between the community and the facility
- Implement case management of patients returning for treatment and follow-up screening
- Market the CCPAC Project in the community and patients in treatment for care and follow-up, and work collaboratively with community structures, War Rooms and Ward Councillors to promote these services in the communities
- Set up and manage a patient referral system for active linkage to care by the nearest facilities
- Strengthen linkages between the community and facilities in collaboration with the Facility Team Leads, Nurse Clinicians and Technical
- Assistance Co-ordinators
- Community mobilisation for HIV Testing Services (HTS), and the Universal Test and Treat (UTT) and ‘Welcome Back’ strategies
- Participate in the facility’s bi-weekly and monthly review meetings.
- Ensure linkage to care for all HIV-positive women aged 20 years and older for cervical cancer screening and appropriate referral of patients and through the ‘handshake’ approach
- Obtain line lists from the facilities to track and trace patient back to care
- Extensive experience with patient tracking (via telephone and in person through home visits)
- A strong work ethic and ability to work in a pressurised environment
- Certification as an Enrolled Nurse is essential.
- Current registration with South African Nursing Council (SANC) is essential.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision and be deadline-driven
- Ability to work after hours, which may include weekends from time to time.
- Thorough understanding of South Africa’s national and provincial public health policies
- Solid experience in and knowledge of partnering with multiple stakeholders
- Sound understanding of the importance of the UTT policy, notably for patients’ linkage to and continuity of care
- Good communication skills and ability to communicate in English, isiZulu and/or another South African language
- Three to five years’ experience in cervical cancer and HIV screening, counselling, diagnosis and linkage to treatment, and implementation of the
- Welcome Back strategy, with a focus on women aged 20 – 49 years
- A strong background in counselling patients and partners on the importance of remaining in care for better disease outcomes and improving cervical cancer survival rates
Company: Health Systems Trust
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, SA
Application Deadline: N/A