Counsellor (Paediatric) Wits Rhi
Main purpose of the job: Responsible for case finding and ensuring the linkage of HIV infected children and adolescents clients to treatment, care and support at the facilityMobilise and recruit index patients at the facility level and ensure that their children are tested for HIVEstablish support clubs for children, adolescents, parents and caregivers.Support testing campaigns and events within the supported districtLocation:Tshwane PretoriaKey performance areas:Ensure that all HIV-infected children and adolescents from communities or facilities are linked to care at a health facility and started on ART if applicableProviding facility HIV testing services to clients in line with DoH policies and guidelinesPromote HTS and disclosure for children and adolescents, including case finding through HIV-infected adults and children, the KidzAlive and Flipster models and focus on specific entry points (e.g. IMCI, EPI, Family planning, adult chronic areas)Ensure that all HIV positive paediatric patients and adolescents from the respective facilities and communities are linked to care and started on ARTProvide support for community HIV testing eventsSupport establishment of after school testing servicesProvide assistance in setting up booking, referral and tracking systemCarry out health education to clients on HIV, ARVs, Adherence to ART, Viral load monitoring, TB screening, etc. through clinic support groups; for clients linked back to careSupport paediatric and adolescent Quality Improvement projects at selected facilitiesDistribute IEC material about HIV/TB and other related programmesSupport rapid return of patients with poor results and link to community tracingLink patients failing treatment to adherence supportEstablish paediatric and adolescents support clubsWork closely with Psycho-social QIA or PSS Mentors in the provision of training on support group resourcesPromote utilisation of Help Lines for psychosocial challengesStrengthen referrals by helping to build awareness of community-based programmesSupport the strengthening of linkages to CHWs/CBOs for newly initiated children and adolescentsAssist in establishing relevant Support Groups for Children, Adolescents and CaregiversProvide group education where appropriate to children, adolescents and caregiversAttend programme-related meetings and trainingCompile a daily list of Paeds and adolescent clients who miss their follow-up appointments for ARTContact all Paeds and adolescents on the missed appointment list weeklyMake telephonic attempts to contact the client or next of kin if the client cannot be contactedInvestigate the reasons for missing appointments and counsel appropriatelyIf the client cannot be contacted telephonically, contact the WBOT or other community-level worker or organisation to do a home visitExplore all Wits RHI and Department of Health options to trace the patientCompile progress reports on follow up of missed appointmentsRefer clients who missed appointments for advanced counselling to PSS teamsEnsure that clients who have missed an appointment are rescheduled for their appointment on the routine clinic booking systemAssist facility staff in the facilitation of support groups for paediatric and adolescents newly diagnosed with HIVTake ownership and accountability for tasksFollow through to ensure that quality and productivity standards of own work are consistently and accurately maintainedMaintain a positive attitude and respond openly to feedbackTake ownership of driving your own career development by participating in ongoing training and development activities such as forums, conferences, policy setting workshops etc.Required minimum education and training:Grade 12Basic HIV Counselling Certification and skillsComputer literacyRequired minimum work experience:Minimum 1-year experience in Paediatric and Adolescents Counselling and TestingGood communication and presentation skillsAbility to network with various stakeholdersFluent in English and other local languagesDesirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities:Sound technical knowledge of paediatric and adolescent recruitment and case findingExperience facilitating Youth Care Clubs or support clubsLinkage to care interventions for children and adolescents an advantageDrivers licenceTO APPLY:Only if you do meet the minimum job requirements and experience as mentioned above, you may submit a detailed updated CV.Please Apply Online and complete your registration on Ditto Hire (our application tracking system) to enable and protect you as a candidate to accept the new POPIA terms and conditions. This will then create your permanent profile with which you can apply for all jobs as advertised by AJ PERSONNEL. However, you may remove your profile from AJ PERSONNEL when you are no longer in the job market.AJ Personnel is fully POPIA Compliant.Please take note that the applicants who do not adhere to the above criteria will not be considered for the respective position.The closing date for all applications: 19 April .Wits Health Consortium will only respond to shortlisted candidates.Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date can consider their applications to be unsuccessful.Note WHC, in accordance with their Employment Equity goals and plan, will give preference to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of and subsequent amendments thereto.PLEASE NOTE: Our Client, WHC - RHI, maintains mandatory Covid-19 requirements, and as such only Covid-19 vaccinated incumbents will be considered for positions.Please note:AJ Personnel is only responsible for advertising the advertisement on behalf of their client Wits Health Consortium.AJ Personnel does not have any salary or other information regarding the position.