Patient Representative, Medical Assistance in Dying Oversight Advisory Committee

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The Ministry of Health’s Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Oversight Unit is looking for individuals who have experience supporting a person through MAiD services to work with the Ministry and health care professionals in making recommendations with respect to the current level of service and quality assurance for MAiD in BC!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Date
20201015

Volunteer Opportunity

The Ministry of Health’s Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Oversight Unit is looking for individuals who have experience supporting a person through MAiD services to work with the Ministry and health care professionals in making recommendations with respect to the current level of service and quality assurance for MAiD in BC!

Lead Organization/Department

Medical Assistance in Dying Oversight Unit, Provincial, Hospital and Laboratory Health Services Division

Ministry of Health

Aim

The MAiD Oversight Advisory Committee is part of the Ministry of Health’s effort to maintain effective oversight of all MAiD cases in support of improved provincial policy and accountability. Members of the committee will review confidential case materials, aggregate data and additional MAiD related documentation. The role of the patient partners will be to provide insight into what matters most to patients and their families and advice on how MAiD services can meet their needs.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.

Eligibility

Open to patient partners from across the province
Experience supporting a person through MAiD services and resources in BC (experience with MAiD services after November 1, 2018 is preferred)
Some understanding of the MAiD process in BC
Comfortable sharing your experience and providing advice to a group of people
Please note:

  • The placement process for this opportunity may include an informal interview between the volunteer and the health care partner.
  • Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ashley Clark directly to see if accommodations may be possible.

Logistics

Number of vacancies: 1
Date/Time: The next meeting is expected to be held ~ Feb or Mar 2021. Meetings are expected to be held within regular business hours.
Location: Teleconference (for the foreseeable future, as the pandemic dictates)
Commitment: The committee meetings are expected to last approximately 2-3 hours. Some email/telephone communication and document review will occur between meetings. The committee will meet 2-3 times annually. The commitment is one year with the option of renewal

Reimbursement

All travel expenses related to the cost of attending the event will be reimbursed (i.e., transportation, parking, lodging, and approved meals) by the Ministry of Health. Reimbursement for expenses will happen after the event.

Background

As of November 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH) assumed responsibility for reviewing all MAiD deaths in BC and ensuring they comply with the federal and provincial regulatory frameworks.

The MoH has established the MAiD Oversight Advisory Committee to review cases and to provide advice to the Ministry and make recommendations that will inform MAiD policy and quality improvement.

In addition to patient volunteers, the MAiD Oversight Advisory Committee will be comprised of individuals from the MoH, provincial regulatory colleges, Health Authorities, and practitioners and pharmacists who are involved in assessment and provision of MAiD.

Interested?

Open to patient partners across the province

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

Ashley Clark
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island
250.812.8908
aclark@bcpsqc.ca

Deadline
October 15, 2020