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Category: My Experience

Patient Partner Perspective: Breaking New Ground at Langford’s Urgent Primary Care Centre

[rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes”] In October, the government of BC announced funding for a new urgent primary care facility to open in Langford on Vancouver Island. We caught up with Layton Engwer and Chad Dickie, two PVN patient partners who were involved in the consultation and implementation of the…

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Patient Partner Perspective: Modelling Indigenous Systems of Care

[rt_reading_time label="Reading Time:" postfix="minutes"] As part of our monthly blog feature on all the regions of BC (so far, we’ve done posts on a successful PVN project at Fraser Health and takeaways from the IAP2 conference in Victoria), we are focusing on Northern BC this month! We’ve asked Cherie, a PVN Patient Partner, to tell us about her experience as a volunteer in a rural northern Indigenous community and recently attending a conference in Baltimore through PVN. Take it away, Cherie!

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Patient Partner Perspective: 7 Key Patient Engagement Tips from the IAP2 Conference

[rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes”] The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) recently held their North American conference in Victoria and PVN sponsored three patient partners to attend this great learning opportunity. If you’re unfamiliar with IAP2, this is the organization that created the public engagement spectrum tool that PVN…

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Feedback from Patients and Families Drives Improvement at Fraser Health

[rt_reading_time label="Reading Time:" postfix="minutes"] It appears to be a regular day on the rehabilitation floor at Ridge Meadows Hospital. Staff serve meals and check on patients, while families visit their loved ones — all in a day’s work. There’s something different on this day in particular, though: hospital volunteers, armed with iPads and positive attitudes, make the rounds at the bedside to ask important questions of patients and families about their stay. This is all part of a concerted effort by Fraser Health to take health care improvement ideas out of the boardroom and to the bedside through a partnership between patients, families and front-line health care teams. And the We Want to Hear from You: Real-time Patient Experience Survey is already making a difference at facilities across the Fraser Valley!

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Patient Partner Perspective: What I Learned from Being on the Oversight and Advisory Committee

[rt_reading_time label="Reading Time:" postfix="minutes"] As you may have heard, we are looking for four patient partner and two health care partner representatives to fill vacancies on PVN’s Oversight and Advisory Committee. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the Network. Share your voice at the table with other patient and health care partners as you collectively make decisions about PVN activities!

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Patient Partner Perspective: Eric Gubby Relates His PVN Experience to his Aerospace Career

[rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes”] As you have may have read about on our Engagement Opportunities page (or heard about on the radio!), there are vacancies on five of Island Health’s Quality Councils. These groups meet regularly to approve new standards of care, review patient experiences, identify improvements, and…

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The Challenges of Managing a Network: Patient Partner and Engagement Leader Perspectives

[rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes”] Patient Partner Charles Lee and Engagement Leader Jami Brown recently attended the 2018 Networks Leadership Symposium in Vancouver, BC. This year, the symposium was themed “Networks as Balancing Acts: Managing Inherent Tensions?”. The purpose of this event was to encourage participants to explore a range…

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