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With the introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) in 2011 the need for qualified health care managers became more urgent than ever. This transformation in the health care sector poses an enormous challenge which requires exceptional skills from those in positions of health care management. Improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness regarding the implementation and execution of health care strategies, along with the newly introduced NHI require competent, skilled and highly motivated managers.
The South African Institute of Health Care Managers (SAIHCM) recognises that a new breed of health care managers is needed; not one that is only technically competent, based on qualifications, but a breed equipped with attributes such as vision and innovation; skills like emotional intelligence and insights into interpersonal relationships in a service sector, and ability to deal with diverse staff complexities in a challenging environment that impacts on people’s lives.
To achieve this objective the Institute acknowledges the importance of collaboration with and support from key role players in the public and private sectors with the ultimate aim of growing SAIHCM’s membership to become a powerful voice promoting high standards of health care management in South Africa.
SAIHCM is a not-for-gain organisation established under Section 21 of the Companies Act with registration number (2004/004290/08). It was established in 2004 to provide a professional forum for health care managers working both in the public and private sectors. The institute seeks to advance the performance standards of health care management in South Africa.
The Board envisages to establish SAIHCM as a central networking body for health care managers within South Africa and the neighbouring countries and envisions it to be a leader in collaborating with the Government’s initiated efforts towards improved health care management.
The SAIHCM's vision is to be a strategic leadership forum for health care managers in South Africa.
The SAIHCM mission is to provide support for building a cadre of efficient healthcare managers determined to deliver quality healthcare services, through creation of capacity building, networking and communication opportunities.
SAIHCM believes that appropriate training in health care management enhances the status and competence of Health Care Managers. SAIHCM’s purpose is to advocate for professionalization of healthcare management and to support the view that appropriate training and relevant qualification are pre-requisites to the development of efficient health care managers suited for the 21st millennium.
Through the facilitation of appropriate professional development, training, education and research, SAIHCM will provide leadership and a foundation for the development of a cadre of health care managers as a specialised field for health professionals to shape acceptable standards for health care for the country.
SAIHCM Board of Directors
Who is a Healthcare Manager?
Any individual who officially holds a management position in a healthcare setting in either private or public sector.
Members are legal or natural persons whose activities, or objects, include one or more, of the following: