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Because your voice matters.

About Us

The Patient Voices Network is a community of patients, families and caregivers working with health care partners to improve our health care system.

Including patient voices provides new perspectives and greater understanding for both patient and health care partners, leading to more informed decisions. Our community shares a common purpose of including the patient voice in problem-solving and decision-making to improve BC’s health care system.

Our story dates back to 2009 when we were created by the Ministry of Health as part of its Patients as Partners strategy. Since then, we’ve been matching volunteers with health care partners who are seeking to engage patients in their efforts to improve their quality of care.

We provide the structure and supports for patient and health care partners to:

  • Build relationships
  • Learn from each other
  • Create a shared understanding of challenges and opportunities, and
  • Inform decisions 

BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

PVN is administered by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, a provincial organization shifting culture, improving clinical practice and advancing person- and family-centred care to support high-quality care for every person in our province.

In support of this mandate, the Council engages patients, caregivers and the public as partners in the health care system and accelerates the spread of engagement through networking, shared goals, the development of resources and educational opportunities.

The Council’s Patient & Public Engagement Team
PVN is supported by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council’s patient & public engagement team.

Team members are located in communities throughout the province to build relationships and provide an understanding of local environments. They include engagement leaders who recruit, orient and support patient partners while working with health system stakeholders to develop and promote engagement opportunities.

If you have any questions, we would be happy to help you! Contact us today.

If you are seeking an answer to a specific health care service concern, please contact your local Patient Care Quality Office. 

Oversight & Advisory Committee

PVN is guided by an Oversight & Advisory Committee to ensure that PVN’s decisions reflect a thoughtful understanding of partner feedback. The committee includes representatives from health care organizations and the Ministry of Health, as well as an equal number of patient representatives from across BC. It is co-chaired by the Council’s director of patient and public engagement and a patient Partner.

From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.