Member, Rural Surgical and Obstetrical Networks (RSON) Evaluation Working Group

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Would you like to work alongside a wide range of stakeholders to identify health care priorities and evaluate whether RSON is helping support surgical and obstetrical (maternity) care in rural communities of BC? If yes, this could be the opportunity for you!

Open to Patient partners from:
• Interior – Golden, Revelstoke, Creston, Fernie
• North – Smithers, Vanderhoof, Hazelton
Island – Port Alberni

Date
20201101

Volunteer Opportunity

Would you like to work alongside a wide range of stakeholders to identify health care priorities and evaluate whether RSON is helping support surgical and obstetrical (maternity) care in rural communities of BC? If yes, this could be the opportunity for you!

Lead Organization/Department

University of British Columbia, Department of Family Practice, Centre for Rural Health Research

Aim

The RSON project aims to sustain small, low volume surgical and maternity services in eight rural BC communities. We are looking for patient partners who live in one of these communities to help:

• Identify health care priorities as they relate to surgical and obstetrical services in rural BC;
• Provide feedback on the project’s work (e.g. primary research); and
• Help the research team to identify areas for research and to plan for research activities, including how to share research findings with rural communities across the RSON sites

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

Eligibility

Open to patient partners from: Golden, Revelstoke, Creston, Fernie, Smithers, Vanderhoof, Hazelton and Port Alberni who:

Have experience of needing to travel for surgical or maternity services, either as a patient or family member/caregiver
Have an interest in improving access to rural health care
Are comfortable attending virtual meetings via Zoom
Committee, working group or board experience is an asset
Experience with research, evaluation or quality improvement is an asset
Please note that informal interviews will form part of the selection process.

If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Volunteer Agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Cassy Mitchell

Logistics

• Number of vacancies: 10
• Date and Time: The working group will meet quarterly for up to 1hr in duration. Meeting dates/times will be based on patient partner availability.
• Location: Online meetings via Zoom
• Commitment: Up to 12 months with the possibility of an extension

Reimbursement

There are no expenses anticipated for this engagement opportunity.

Background

The Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues has funded the RSON project for five years. The aims of the project are to sustain small, low volume rural surgical and maternity services in eight rural BC communities: Revelstoke, Golden, Fernie, Creston, Vanderhoof, Hazelton, Smithers and Port Alberni. The Networks are supported by five inter-related pillars: (a) increased scope and volume (funding to provide more local operating time), (b) clinical coaching support for rural physicians by specialists in larger centres, (c) remote presence technology (technology that links, through video and voice, providers in rural and remote communities with those in regional centres), (d) continuous quality improvement to ensure care providers learn how to provide services in the best way possible , and (e) evaluation of the services provided both from the perspective of safety but also how well the services meet the needs of rural patients.

RSON is comprised of a wide range of stakeholders including rural physicians and administrators, health authorities, and rural citizen patient partners. The Centre for Rural Health Research is leading the evaluation of RSON in collaboration with key stakeholders. The evaluation will provide insight into whether RSON is helping support surgical and obstetrical care in rural communities of BC. Evaluation findings will also inform other Canadian communities interested in using a similar model of care.

There are no potential risks anticipated in participating in the evaluation of RSON. We anticipate that at times members might hear or discuss sensitive or personal topics that are confidential, during meetings and this information is not to be shared beyond the Working Group.

The project is directly related to surgical and obstetrical (maternity) care.

RSON-Terms-of-Reference-for-Citizen-Patient-Partners-9.18.20.docx

Interested?

Open to patient partners from:
• Interior – Golden, Revelstoke, Creston, Fernie
• North – Smithers, Vanderhoof, Hazelton
Island – Port Alberni

If you have additional questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact:

Cassy Mitchell
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement
250.279.0717
cmitchell@bcpsqc.ca

Deadline
November 1, 2020