Caring for tomorrow

School of Clinical Care Sciences

An Introduction to Research at SOCCS

SOCCS aims to integrate research, teaching and clinical practice in response to pertinent issues within the South African health care system. As a result, SOCCS is well positioned among South African universities as it continues to meet the critical research demands of the health care system. SOCCS strives to strengthen inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary relations and has active research collaborations with various departments in the NMMU, including Psychology, Social Work, Computer Science and Dietetics amongst others. SOCCS has already established ties with national and international universities, and is striving to further extend its national and international research collaborations.

Committed to Making an Impact

Researchers in the various SOCCS departments are committed to maintaining and improving their contributions to health care through publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals and participation in national and international conferences. At a local level, SOCCS continues to have an impact on health care, specifically in the Nelson Mandela Bay and more broadly in the Eastern Cape Province. Multiple publications addressing the health needs of the area have been accepted in various national and international journals, with the research focusing primarily on resolving health related issues of national priority.

Research Themes

SOCCS has a number of research themes in which it focuses the majority of its research. The SOCCS departments are listed below with their respective research themes. The researchers who are responsible for driving the particular projects are indicated in brackets.

Department of Nursing Science:

  • Improving nursing capacity care practise in high acuity units (Dr Portia Jordan and Prof Dalena van Rooyen)
  • Using technology to improve patient outcomes in various health care settings (Prof Esmeralda Ricks)
  • Realistic use of high complexity teaching methodologies in the context of a developing country (Prof Sindiwe James)
  • Mental health: Access to and quality of services (Prof Johanita Strümpher)

Department of Radiography:

  • PACS Administration (Ms Thea Grobler)
  • Challenges of the newly qualified radiographer (Ms Antoinette Edwards)
  • Importance of film evaluation in plain radiography (Ms Razana Williams)

Department of Emergency Medical Care:

  • Pre-hospital reperfusion therapy (Mr Nico Louw)
  • Pre-hospital pain management (Mr Xavier Millar)

Master in Health and Welfare Management programme:

  • Health and welfare management (Dr David Morton and Ms Sanet Page)
Contact information
Mr Kegan Topper
Researcher
Tel: 27 41 504 3171
kegan.topper@nmmu.ac.za