Engagement Opportunities

We are closely following the COVID-19 pandemic and recognize that during this time, some engagement opportunities may not proceed in their original timelines due to the system’s response. Please contact your Engagement Leader if you have any questions or concerns. We thank you for taking steps to keep yourself, your community and your loved ones safe and healthy.

For accurate, up-to-date COVID-19 information, please refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control. The Ministry of Health has also developed a BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool that you can use to determine if you need further assessment or testing.

Open Opportunities:

PVN Internal

As the administer of Patient Voices Network, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (The Council), aims to keep patient and health care team partnerships at the heart of its work. As an organization dedicated to learning and accelerating improvements, the Council is working behind the scenes with our partners to improve how PVN functions.

PVN Internal opportunities provides patient partners with the option to be a part of growing and improving the network.

Health Care Partner Engagements

Patient Partner Research

In addition to the engagement opportunities offered by our health care partners, we support health researchers through our partnership with REACH BC.
REACH BC is a new online platform that connects researchers to the public and to patients who are interested in participating in health research opportunities. The platform will house an online listing of all recruiting health research projects and patient partner research opportunities. Patient partner research opportunities will be cross-posted here on our PVN website if requested by the health researcher.

External Engagements

In addition to the engagement opportunities offered by our health care partners, we list opportunities administered and supported by other organizations that are also looking for deeply committed patient partners to improve BC’s health system:

To RSVP for opportunities, and to receive newsletters that will notify you of new ones, sign up as a patient partner with the Patient Voices Network. For tips on how to fill out the RSVP forms, make sure to read this brief list.

Learn more about what it’s like to be involved in PVN, in the words of a patient partner.

Provincial

Indigenous Patient Speaker, Health Quality Matrix

Are you familiar with the BC Health Quality Matrix? It’s how quality is defined in the BC health system. If so, you have a story to tell! Northern Health staff would like to learn more about the Health Quality Matrix and we’d love your input and assistance for this presentation.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: February 2, 2021

Participant, BC Emergency Health Services Ethics Framework Consultation

The BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) is looking for patient partners to provide feedback on a newly proposed draft Ethics Framework for pre-and out-of-hospital care, as making good decisions in a high-pressure clinical setting requires sensitivity to ethical issues. If you have ever worked with organizational oversight materials like policies, procedures, guidelines, or frameworks and have an interest in the complexities of decision-making under pressure, we’d love to hear from you.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: February 5, 2021

Partcipant, Provincial Virtual Health Citizen Support Desk Initiative Focus Group

Have you, or someone that you know, ever struggled with using digital technology? A provincial collaboration of health authorities and Rural Coordination Centre of BC, Doctors of BC, Healthlink BC and Community Living BC are setting up a technical support service, to be called the citizen support desk. This is to help citizens across BC resolve technical issues when trying to connect virtually with their health care provider. We are looking for patient partners from across the province to participate in a focus group to review and provide feedback on the plans for this support service.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: February 7, 2021

Interviewee, Health Technology Assessment: Patient/Caregiver Perspectives on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Our Health Technology Assessment team is looking for patients and family members of those with borderline personality disorder. We need to have patients’ and caregivers’ perspectives to inform decisions about treatment options in BC for those with mental health conditions. If you would like your health care experience to contribute to decisions being made by the Ministry of Health and health authorities, consider responding to this opportunity!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: February 12, 2021
Fraser - Vancouver Coastal

No current opportunities

Interior

Patient Partner Speaker, Board Quality Committee

Interior Health’s Board Quality Committee would like to hear from a patient partner about their health care experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open to: Patient partners from Interior Health region

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Deadline: February 7, 2021

Patient or Family Representative, IH Dementia Patient Hospital Experience Working Group

Interior Health is developing a patient care initiative to better understand the experience of patients with dementia and those who support them in Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Help ensure you and your loved one have a safe, patient-friendly experience at the hospital!

Open to: Patient partners from Interior Health area

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Deadline: February 7, 2021
Northern

Participant, Allergy and Sensitivity Record Re-design Focus Group

Do you have allergies or sensitivities which may affect your inpatient care? Join Northern Health as they revise their paper record to ensure both accuracy and safety is reflected in their patient care.

Open to: Patient partners from Northern Health area

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Deadline: January 26, 2021

Patient Speaker, Nursing Class, Coast Mountain College

Are you a patient? Family member of a patient? Caregiver? You have a story to tell! Coast Mountain College (Terrace campus) first-year registered nursing students invite two patients/family members/caregivers to participate in a conversation to discuss their residential care, community care or hospital, emergency room health care story and experience.

Open to: Patient partners from Northern Health area

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Deadline: February 2, 2021
Vancouver Island

Member, Island Health’s Nanaimo Oceanside Community Health Services Quality Committee

Are you interested in improving Community Health Services, Primary Care and Mental Health and Substance Use services in the Nanaimo/Oceanside area? If yes, consider joining our Quality Committee!

Open to: Patient partners from Nanaimo, Parksville and/or Qualicum area

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Deadline: January 24, 2021

Member, Endoscopy Quality Council – Island Health

Help us make endoscopy services on Vancouver Island the very best they can be! The Endoscopy Quality Council wants to involve patients in the development of a patient-centred evidence based endoscopy program.

Open to: Patient partners in the Island Health region
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Deadline: January 25, 2021

Member, Medicine Quality Council

Help us improve medical inpatient and outpatient services on Vancouver Island. The Medicine Quality Council wants to involve patients in the development of a person-centred evidence-based medicine program.

Open to: Patient partners in the Island Health region
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Deadline: January 25, 2021

Patient Advisor, Comox Valley Primary Care Network (PCN) Team Based Care Working Group

Team-based primary care is coming to the Comox Valley through the development of a Primary Care Network. Are you interested in helping us develop an integrated primary health system for primary and community care that is person-centred and delivers quality service experiences for individuals and their families? If yes, join our working group!

Open to: Patient partners from Comox Valley region

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Deadline: January 25, 2021

Member, James Bay Urgent & Primary Care Centre Working Group

Accessing good, quality health care, close to home is important to everyone in the Greater Victoria area. The James Bay Urgent & Primary Care team is asking for two patient partners to work with them on how to make sure you receive the care you need, when you need it.

Open to: Patient partners from Greater Victoria – James Bay/Fairfield area

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Deadline: January 25, 2021