FEEDBACK ON CONCERNS OF FORENSIC PATHOLOGY OFFICERS
The Council has established a national task team comprising of the Department of Health and the following trade unions (NEHAWU, DENOSA, PSA, HOSPERSA, & NUPSAW). The task team is considering the following:
a. Standardisation of Job Descriptions
Developing a sustainable model, in terms of standardisation of FPO job descriptions (salary level and notches), job evaluation, salary progression and career progression.
The Council has resolved that the Department of Health should submit a consolidated report on the standardisation of FPO job descriptions (salary level and notches), for all the provinces.
b. Professional Registration
Ensuring that FPOs are registered with a professional body, i.e. Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
The FPO’s will be expected to register with the HPCSA as:
|Forensic Pathology Officer||The profession of a person registered as a forensic pathology officer in terms of the Act||R 710|
|Learner Forensic Pathology Officer||A person registered as a learner forensic pathology officer in terms of the Act practicing under supervision.||R 710|
|Student Forensic Pathology Officer||A person registered as a student forensic pathology officer in terms of the Act practicing under supervision||R 237|
|Forensic Pathology Intern||A person registered as an intern forensic pathology officer in terms of the Act practicing under supervision.||R 259|
|Supplementary Forensic Pathology Officer||A person registered as a supplementary forensic pathology officer in terms of the Act and deemed competent to practice.||R603|
c. Training and Development
Exploring training avenues because there is no training and development in place for FPOs. To ensure that training for FPOs is divided into short and long term (short term training to be prioritised). Currently, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has no accredited institution to facilitate the 240-credit qualification course. In order establish a strategic partnership with the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) the Council has invited the HWSETA to make a presentation on training and development.
Ensuring compliance with the relevant health and safety legislation, the debriefing process is going to be standardised across the country. Debriefing monitoring mechanisms will be introduced. To also ensure that there is medical surveillance and to standardise protective clothing for the profession.
e. Standardisation of Service Delivery
Reviewing the current FPOs service delivery model and standardise service delivery practices across the country.