Engagement Opportunities

Here you will find the engagement opportunities that are currently open.

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 up the RSVP forms, make sure to read this brief list.

If you have received information about an opportunity not listed below, please contact pvn@bcpsqc.ca, 604.668.8240 or 1.877.282.1919.

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

Provincial Opportunities

St. Paul’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit Patient & Family Centred Care Committee

St. Paul’s Hospital is looking for patient and family perspectives to guide initiatives occurring in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). If you have had a recent ICU care experience and are interested in quality improvement projects looking at topics such as safety and comfort in the waiting room, diary notebooks, open visitation, and room signage, read on!
Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: Open until filled

Focus Group Member – Taking a Food First Approach to Managing Chronic Diseases

A new not-for-profit institute in BC is interested in receiving input from patient partners to help shape the programs and services they build in support of patients, and their health care providers, who choose a “food first” approach.

Open to: Patient Partners across BC (more…)

Deadline: May 2, 2017
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

Implementation of a Nutrition Pathway for Acute Care

Did you know that 45% of hospitalized patients are at risk for malnutrition? Help implement an approach to nutrition care that meets patients’ needs!

Open to: Patient partners from the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

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Deadline: As soon as possible

Patient Speakers, Employee Orientations

Do you have an experience of care at a Providence Health facility that you think that can highlight a ‘teachable moment’ for healthcare providers? Help to stimulate a culture change by highlighting how patient experiences are fundamental to employee practices.

Open to: Patient partners across the Lower Mainland
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Deadline: Open until filled

Patient Partners, COPD – Home Health Monitoring Research Team

Use your personal experience with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as a member of a University of British Columbia research team working to understand how home health monitoring can be effectively used to improve care for people with COPD.

Open to: Patient partners in Vancouver and Richmond
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Deadline: Open until filled

Patient Advisor, Advanced Cancer Quality of Life Assessment, Palliative Project

Finding a balance between quality of life and caring for the medical needs of advanced cancer patients can often be difficult for patients, family and healthcare providers that care for them.  A research team is currently conducting a trial of a promising medical treatment that could assist with difficult symptoms and increase the quality of life for those with advanced cancer, and their families.  Patient advisors would help inform their project through the lens of family caregivers and patients impacted.

Open to: Patient partners from the Fraser Health region
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Deadline: April 24, 2017

Rehabilitation Post Discharge Follow-up

Was the transition from receiving care in a rehabilitation facility to your home smooth, or were there some bumps? Do you have ideas on how it could have been better? Providence Health would love to have you as part of their team!

Open to: Patient partners from the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

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Deadline: April 28, 2017

Workshop Participant, Foundations in Patient-Oriented Research

Health research has the potential to inform and improve health care practice. Co-design of research between patients and providers creates an opportunity for a collective voice that highlights critical questions to be answered. The Fraser Centre, part of the BC SUPPORT Unit and the national Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), is seeking patient partners to be involved in an upcoming workshop that provides the foundations for patient-oriented research. This is a co-learning format in which patients, researchers and health care providers will participate together and learn from each other.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: April 28, 2017

Focus Group Member, Fraser Health Cardiac Care Website

Imagine being able to access the latest, greatest cardiac care information right at your fingertips, on your schedule.  With technology enabling people to be connected to information when and where they need it, Fraser Health is developing a cardiac care web resource. If you or a loved one has been touched by heart disease and cardiac care, your input is needed to ensure it meets the needs of patients in Fraser Health.

Open to: Patient partners from Fraser Health region, with cardiac care experience as a patient or caregiver.

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Deadline: May 1, 2017

Committee Member – Burnaby Hospital Patient Navigation Team

Improving the quality of services and establishing strong partnerships with patients are the goals of Burnaby Hospital.  Through their Patient Navigation Team they hope to involve patient partners as they tackle a variety of quality and safety improvement projects that increase patient and family centred care across the hospital.

Open to: Patient partners from Burnaby (or surrounding area) with patient or caregiver experience with Burnaby Hospital. (more…)

Deadline: May 3, 2017

Patient Storyteller, Fraser Health Regional Acute Care Orientation

Patient stories have great impact on health care providers and can influence their care at the bedside. Fraser Health is committed to increasing the knowledge, belief and behaviours of new employees as they embark on providing care in their hospitals. Engaging patients in new employee orientations provide an avenue for better understanding of patient-centred care.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities

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Deadline: May 5, 2017
Interior Region

2018 Rural Health Services Research Conference – Building Intersections for Vibrant Rural Communities

Are you interested in shaping a vibrant program for a conference about rural health as part of a steering committee? We are looking for a patient partner to join us in creating a dynamic, engaging environment for learning, sharing ideas and results of research, and creating new research partnerships for rural health.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior region
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Deadline: April 19, 2017

Interior Health Coaching for Engagement Course Speaker – Vernon

Do you have a great story to share about your experience working with a health care provider who asked what you wanted for your care and treatment? We’re looking for someone who can share their story of being included and asked versus being told what to do and the difference it made for them.

Open to: Patient partners in the Vernon area
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Deadline: April 26, 2017

Interior Health Coaching for Engagement Course Speaker – Nelson

Do you have a great story to share about your experience working with a health care provider who asked what you wanted for your care and treatment? We’re looking for someone who can share their story of being included and asked versus being told what to do and the difference it made for them.

Open to: Patient partners in the Nelson area
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Deadline: May 10, 2017

Interior Health Quality Board Speaker

Here is a chance to share your health experience with the Interior Health Quality Board!

Open to: Volunteers in the Interior Health region

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Deadline: May 10, 2017
Northern Region

No current opportunities

Vancouver Island Region

Participant, Chronic Pain and the Foundations in Patient-Oriented Research Workshop

Are you living with chronic non-cancer pain or caring for someone who is? Join us for a one-day workshop to learn more about how your experience can make a difference in research and care!

Open to: Patient Partners from the Island Health Region
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Deadline: April 24, 2017

Working Group Member, Trauma Project

Help improve the experience of trauma patients at the Victoria General Hospital by contributing to the development of training materials designed to better prepare staff to meet patient needs following a traumatic injury.

Open to: Patient Partners from Greater Victoria
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Deadline: April 24, 2017

Member, Clothing as Therapy Project Team

Island Health is exploring the benefits of encouraging patients to wear their own clothes while in hospital through its “Clothing as Therapy Project” and is seeking patient representatives to join the project team.

Open to: Patient Partners from the greater Victoria area
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Deadline: April 28, 2017

Advisors, North Island Hospital Transition

Are you interested in being part of the team leading the exciting transition to new hospitals in Campbell River and Courtenay? If so, read on!

Open to: Patient partners in the North East island area (Nanaimo and North) with an emphasis on those who live in and around the Campbell River and Comox Valley regions.
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Deadline: May 1, 2017

Patient Partner – Geography 4 Quality Council, Island Health

Geography 4 (Greater Victoria, Westshore, Sooke and Esquimalt) is seeking patient partners to join their Quality Council to help ensure the patient voice is represented when quality initiatives are discussed. If you live in this area, read on and learn how you can get involved.

Open to: Patient partners living within Geography 4

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Deadline: May 4, 2017