Doctor Kerrin Begg

About Doctor Kerrin Begg

Chairperson MBCHB (UCT), DCH (CMSA), DipObs (CMSA), FCPHM (CMSA), FAIMER Fellow (IFI, Intealth)

Kerrin is a Public Health Medicine Specialist, and has held a variety of management (including Hospital CEO), technical expert and governance (Board of Directors, Trustee) positions in hospital and health services across public, private, parastatal and NGO sectors. She was an independent public health and management consultant for 10 years in the fields of strategy, health policy, quality improvement, leadership and management, mentorship and coaching, performance processes, organisational design and organisational culture. Kerrin has been appointed to a number of national and international technical task teams, related to Health Policy, Quality in Health Systems and Human Resources for Health.

Kerrin has extensive experience in teaching and learning over 20 years at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, through curriculum design and renewal, designing, launching, convening and lecturing on accredited programmes and modules at Universities (including the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Care Management). Recently Kerrin has completed the 2-year International FAIMER Institute (IFI) Fellowship in Health Professions Education. She has developed and launched an intensive longitudinal faculty development initiative, the Educational Leadership Fellowship (ELF), which has trained 70 educators as change agents for Curriculum Transformation. Her educational interests include faculty development, student success, assessment, mentorship, curriculum renewal and social accountability.

Kerrin’s experience in research, technical expertise and policy work has spanned the past 15 years, and has included: contributions to a large multi-university collaborative Partnership in Health Leadership and Management (PAHLM) with development and co-creation of an evidence-based Leadership Competency Framework, and Leadership Development Strategy for the Western Cape Department of Health; running a component of a large PEPFAR-funded grant through CDC for Quality Improvement in rural health services (SUCCEED), which incorporated technical support for the National Department of Health through the development of a National Strategic Framework for a High Quality Health System and contributions to the National Lancet Commission for a High Quality Health System; as well as contributions to the development of the National HRH Strategy 2030 as part of the Ministerial Task Team for the Development of the National Human Resources for Health Strategy – Workstream: Leadership, Governance and Management. Additional contributions in the National Policy space have included development of a National Laboratory Policy, oral and written submissions to Parliamentary Portfolio committee on Office for Health Standards Compliance (2013), NHI green paper and white papers (2011-2019), and more recently in COVID-19 guidance development though the College of Public Health Medicine Task Team. Kerrin is currently appointed as Deputy Dean: Undergraduate Education at UCT Faculty of Health Sciences.