We connect patients, family members and caregivers with projects led by teams within health authorities, health organizations and non-profits that seek to include patients’ perspectives. PVN provides you with access to:
- A basic orientation to the role of a patient partner and how PVN works
- Resources and training opportunities
- Engagement opportunities that match your experience and interests
PVN helps you to be confident and ready to share your experiences to improve BC’s health care system
Become a Patient Partner
- Fill out our sign-up form. This helps you to be connected to health care teams who are seeking patients to engage in their work.
- Take part in an upcoming orientation. A one-hour session with the information you need to get started, including how PVN works.
- Sign our Patient Partner PVN Service User Agreement, which confirms the responsibilities you accept by joining PVN.
- Fill out an RSVP form, to confirm your interest in an engagement opportunity. Health care partners contact you to follow up on your interest.
Once you’ve completed these steps, you’re ready to go!
There is a wealth of information to support your involvement in PVN. In the Resource Section, you can find:
- On-boarding: what it means to be a patient partner and how PVN works.
- Preparation: how to get involved and be successful in engagement opportunities.
- RSVP process: support for your recruitment and placement into engagement opportunities.
- Skill-building: learn about health care improvement and patient engagement.
Apply for Opportunities
The RSVP goes to the health care partner so that they can identify the patient partner that best fits the opportunity’s goals.
Health care partners will review your RSVP. If you’re selected for an opportunity, they will contact you to provide you with additional details. You can also ask them questions and seek clarification. This chart highlights what you can expect from the patient partner role.
Health care partners are seeking your input on their engagement opportunities. How they consider your input in the decisions they make depends on the opportunity. Each opportunity is unique, and the role of the patient partner is part of the invitation. If you need clarification on your role before committing, please ask the health care partner.
Talking often about the patient partner role and expectations helps create clarity for everyone involved. You may find that the role evolves over time. That’s OK. The goal is for you to feel comfortable working with the health care team and to ask questions of the health care partner when you are not sure.
Here are ways that you can stay connected!
Sign Up to Receive the Patient Voice Mail Newsletter
The newsletter highlights new resources, upcoming events and stories about great partnerships.
Explore the PVN Website
A one-stop shop for engagement opportunities, resources, and much more.