AHASA has made great strides towards formalising the nursing and healthcare Temporary Employment industry, giving clients such as yourself, the confidence that the agency they partner with is legally compliant and has appropriate standards and procedures in place to provide a quality service to the institution and work-seeker.
Why Use an AHASA Member?
The Allied Healthcare Association of South Africa (AHASA) has, since its inception in 1994, worked towards improving and regulating the nursing and healthcare Temporary Employment Services (TES) in South Africa.
AHASA Member agencies have extensive knowledge in working with various healthcare institutions to recruit and manage their workforce. Our members are some of the largest TES providers in South Africa and have in-depth experience and knowledge of the industry, bringing together competent, professional and cost-effective workforce solutions.
How do you know whom to choose?
At present there are low or no barriers to entry and this means that healthcare institutions may find themselves dealing with an inexperienced TES or one that is incapable of delivering a compliant service. To mitigate your risk, we recommend that clients choose to only deal with TES providers who belong to a recognised professional body, such as AHASA, where they are required to not only meet minimum compliance standards, enforced by audits, but also comply to AHASA’s heightened quality assurance programme as well as subscribe to a Code of Ethics and Best Practice.
What can you expect from an AHASA Member?
AHASA membership hinges on compliance of the TES in terms of statutory regulations and meeting minimum operational standards to protect clients, work seekers and the image of the industry as a whole. Compliance to all employment regulations is an entry requirement for membership and must be validated before a membership certificate is issued. For more detail as to the exact compliance requirements, please visit www.ahasa.org.
Access to latest industry updates
AHASA holds membership of Confederation of Associations in the Private Employment Sector (CAPES) and ensures that its members are at the forefront of legislation and compliance. AHASA members are represented at CAPES lobbying and advocacy initiatives to regulate the industry and as such, we are represented in a number of forums including Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), NEDLAC and Services SETA.
CAPES has been heading up the NEDLAC negotiations relating to the proposed regulation for the employment sector and AHASA, as a member of CAPES, is perfectly positioned to provide our members – and their clients – with accurate, up-to-date information about the impending changes to the industry. It is therefore critical that during these uncertain times you have access to reliable information to make informed business decisions.
Quality and Standards
Dedicated to driving compliance and creating an awareness of ethical and legally compliant TES, AHASA provides best practices and policy standards to ensure that minimum practices are implemented by its members’ operations. This includes a developmental needs assessment for all nursing categories which is an essential tool for a TES to assess a candidate’s theoretical knowledge.
All AHASA Members participate in an annual and voluntary inspection to validate appropriate statutory regulations and to ensure that high standards are maintained. The inspection tool is aligned with the Department of Labour’s checklist for Private Employment Agency (PEA) in terms of the Skills Development Act, as well as CAPES’ criteria to operate a recruitment company. This self-regulatory mechanism has been received positively by stakeholders and, as such, sets AHASA members apart from the rest. In so doing, it ensures that the highest levels of compliance and competency are in place.
Ethics and Professionalism
Choosing to work with an AHASA Member will provide you with the assurance and peace of mind that the agency has undergone stringent compliance checks and is accountable to the AHASA Code of Ethics and Pledge. The Code is recognised by The Ethics Institute of South Africa and includes principles which guide the industry so as to maintain high standards of ethics and ensure honest dealings at all times. The Code covers areas such as confidentiality, transparency, integrity, professional knowledge, as well as respect for work relationships, laws and safety. The Code of Ethics may be viewed at www.ahasa.org
In the event of a dispute with a member agency, a client or work-seeker may lodge a complaint with AHASA. In turn, the member agency will be investigated by AHASA’s Ethics Committee.
Identifying an AHASA Member
AHASA Member agencies are listed on the Members’ List located on www.ahasa.org Members of AHASA will also display an AHASA Member Certificate in their offices and are encouraged to display the Proud Member logo on their websites and marketing materials. Clients are encouraged rather to validate an agency’s membership by contacting the office on details below.