The Ideal Clinic manual has been developed to assist managers at various levels of healthcare service provision to correctly interpret and understand the requirement for achieving the elements as depicted in the Ideal Clinic dashboard. It can therefore be regarded as a reference document which guides the managers to determine the status of Ideal Clinic dashboard elements in a facility. The manual is envisaged to be of particular use to the facility manager. Responsibility on the dashboard has been assigned to the facility manager in areas that the facility manager may believe is out of his/her control. However, for these areas it will be the facility manager who knows that the element is not green and it is the facility manager who should initiate processes through the district office to turn these elements green.
The manual is also a useful tool for managers at sub-district, district, provincial and national level to ensure progressive discipline of those reporting to them. Facility managers must receive orientation to the IDEAL CLINIC REALISATION AND MAINTENANCE process using this manual. The content of the manual could then guide counselling sessions and further steps of discipline when weaknesses in clinics persist.