Member, The Pre-Hospital Care Collaborative Committee, Ministry of Health

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Have you or a loved one ever called 911, or received medical care from paramedics, or fire first responders? If you’d like to participate in improving pre-hospital care in BC, we’d love to hear from you.

Open to: Patient partners across the province


Volunteer Opportunity

Have you or a loved one ever called 911, or received medical care from paramedics, or fire first responders? If you’d like to participate in improving pre-hospital care in BC, we’d love to hear from you.

Lead Organization/Department

Ministry of Health, Acute & Provincial Services Branch


The committee’s purpose is to provide advice and guidance to help improve pre-hospital care across BC. This includes coordination of care between fire first responders and paramedics. It is important to understand what matters most to patients who need to call 911 for a medical emergency in BC. The patient partner will serve as a committee member and will collaborate with other stakeholders to help improve pre-hospital care in BC.

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.


Open to patient partners across the province who:
• Have previous knowledge of or experience with pre-hospital care (e.g. 911 emergency medical care from fire first responders and paramedics) either directly as a patient or as a family member or care giver. This will be considered an asset, but is not required
• Are comfortable sharing their thoughts and experiences in a group environment
• Have access and the ability to participate in virtual meetings through the Skype for Business platform.
• Have experience providing feedback on written documents
• The Ministry of Health believes that decision making is enhanced through diversity. This committee will be guided by the principle of diversity amongs members, including cultural, geographic, , experience, age and gender. Ideally one patient partner will be selected from an urban/metro area and one patient partner from a remote and rural community.

Please note that an informal interview 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


• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date and Time: Biweekly meetings will be scheduled, but exact dates to be determined
• Location: Virtual meetings via Skype for Business or teleconference
• Commitment: 6 months with an option for renewal


If you would like to participate in this opportunity, but have concerns about your internet provider and data limit, please contact Cassy Mitchell at and we can try and identify solutions. Otherwise no expenses are anticipated.


This work is in response to the Office of the Auditor General’s Access to Emergency Health Services report ( and COVID-19 pandemic response. The Committee is mostly focused on addressing the fourth recommendation of implementing a coordinated approach to pre-hospital care between fire first responder departments and BC Ambulance (see p8 of the report). The Committee includes representatives from the Ministry of Health, Provincial Health Services Authority, Fire Chiefs Association of BC, Office of the Fire Commissioner and Local Government Management Associations. This work relates specifically to pre-hospital emergency health care.


Open to patient partners across the province

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

Cassy Mitchell
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement

November 24, 2020