The process of defining the PHC re-engineering approach has developed over the past 2 years. It will now be implemented incrementally across districts. In order to quantify staff requirements, staff norms for different type of services need to be defined. These norms must assist in answering four questions:
- What is the optimal skill mix for each type of services?
- What are the staffing requirements for community-based services developed on a population-based basis?
- What are the staffing requirements in PHC facilities in the short-term to assist decisions around staff deployment, staff recruitment and budgeting? Recognising that in the short-term the level of utilisation of services in facilities is below the target level, but is likely to increase with the impact of the community-based services.
- How many staff of which categories are required in PHC facilities for a target level of utilisation? Whilst this will be achieved in the longer term, this information will assist the quantification of training needs.
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