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Partnership Impacts

Collaborations between our patient and health care partners are improving the quality of care within BC’s health care system. While we provide some of those partnership impacts in our annual report, we know that you want to know more about the impact you’re making.

These blog posts, videos, podcasts and other resources provide you with stories of inspiration, dedication and collaboration which achieved better health care. We collect these stories through our Closing the Loop Process (CTL) or direct submissions from patient and/or health care partners; they help guide our future work and serve as a meaningful way patient partners receive recognition, feedback and validation for their time and volunteerism. If you want to tell us about your partnership, we have created a checklist to help guide your submission.

We would also be happy to have you write your own article. All submissions will be subject to review and edits, following consultations between you and the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council team. Since writing something from scratch – especially for someone else – can be tricky, we put together a few tips and suggestions to make it easier and faster for you.

Contact us if you’d like to share the story of your engagement opportunity. We’d love to help you tell it!

UBC Peer Navigation Program Offers Guidance and Support for Prostate Cancer Patients

Cancer treatment involves decisions and effects that often overwhelm and scare patients. To help in these delicate moments, the UBC School of Population and Public Health created a peer navigation program to match prostate cancer survivors as peer supporters for patients undergoing treatment. In this blog post, Dr. Arminée Kazanjian tells us more about the TrueNTH Prostate Cancer Peer Navigation Program:

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PVN Members Launch the First Patient-Led Podcast about Patient-Oriented Research

We’re excited – and proud! – to announce that patient partners Lisa Ridgway and Beverley Pomeroy have launched the first patient-led podcast on patient-oriented research. They’ll use their experience to host conversations with health care researchers and academics, health care decision-makers and other patient partners. In this post, Lisa talks about their motivation to create the podcast and how you can participate.

Continue reading… Bev Pomeroy and Lisa Ridgway.Creators of SPORcast podcast BC.2019
What Matters to You? Patients of All Ages Share Their Stories

On June 6, PVN teamed up with organizations and individuals across the province to ask a simple question: “What Matters to You?” As we mentioned here, the goal of the day was to encourage meaningful conversations between patients, families and caregivers, and their health care providers. Our engagement leader Leah Smith joined “What Matters to You?” Day activities in the Island Health region, so we asked her to tell us more about her amazing experience:

Continue reading… What Matters to You.Vancouver Island.Patient Experience Tree
Quality Awards 2017 – Cheers to Our Awarded Patient Partners!

Created by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council in 2009, the Quality Awards celebrate individuals, teams and facilities that significantly improved the quality of care in BC. This year, four individuals and four projects were recognized for their exceptional contributions to all areas of care in the province, from preventing illness and injury to providing care at the end of life. The individual-based awards each recognize the impact that a single engaged person can have in transforming culture and care. We are blessed to see that every day in the amazing work of our patient partners. And that’s why we were extremely proud – but not at all surprised – to see Delia Cooper and Carolyn Canfield, two long-time PVN Patient Partners, chosen by the judges as the winner and the runner-up of the Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice award, a brand new category created to celebrate patient engagement.

Continue reading… Quality Awards 2017

From Our Community

Derek Koch

Spiritual Health Practitioner and Patient- and Family-Centred Care Lead — Kelowna General Hospital

Derek Koch

The bottom line is because we’re caring for patients. People who know best are those who are receiving the care so it makes logical sense that we would consult with them about their experiences. By connecting with PVN we have been able to educate our teams about the value of patient partners and how important their perspective is in our services.