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

Unattached Patient-Oriented Research Executive Member

Are you interested in research looking at differences between patients with and without a family doctor? Join this research project to contribute your concerns and expectations related to primary health care and discuss the impacts of being formally enrolled with a GP.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: January 31, 2017

Provincial Medical Laboratory Services Working Group Member

Are you interested in helping plan the future delivery of laboratory services in the province? If so, please join a discussion on identifying and prioritizing aspects of laboratory service important to patients and their families, such as access to labs, quality of service, and access to results.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: February 16, 2017

Participant, BC Primary Health Care Research Network Pre-Conference Workshop

The BC Primary Health Care Research Network invites patients to participate in an in-person workshop in Vancouver on March 9. Join a small group of patients, health care providers and researchers and explore issues of importance to patients and families that may lead to important research projects.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: February 22, 2017

BC Cancer Agency Working Group: Patient Reported Information and Symptom Management Questionnaire

Have you had experience with cancer care? Would you like to be involved in an ongoing working group to improve the patient experience with cancer care? Our working group is reviewing and improving the Patient Reported Information and Symptom Management (PRISM) questionnaire.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: March 8, 2017

Guest, Patient Safety Voices Podcast

Use your flair for expressing ideas and experiences in a thought-provoking way to improve health care in BC and across Canada. BC Patient Safety and Learning System wants to hear your voice on their new podcast, Patient Safety Voices!

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: March 24, 2017
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

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

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 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: February 28, 2017

Focus Group Member, Fraser Health Smoke-Free Policy

Since 2007, Fraser Health has enacted a Smoke-Free Policy on all owned and operated facilities including hospitals and community programs. The policy was expanded in 2014 to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes and other smoke and vapour products, and its goal is to provide a safe environment to all who seek health care services and work in health care facilities. The project team is looking to solicit patient feedback on how to increase the awareness and compliance with this policy through an enhanced public education campaign.

Open to: Patient partners from Fraser Health communities

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Deadline: February 28, 2017

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Working Group

Have you or a loved one had surgery? Wondered about the protocols that affect recovery, and want to participate in making decisions and developing strategies to improve outcomes for surgical patients? This opportunity is for you!

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

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Deadline: March 20, 2017

Urinary Tract Infection Prevention Working Group

Urinary tract Infections negatively alter patient care outcomes and increases length of stay. Work with us to decrease incidents for all patients admitted across Providence Health Care!

Open to: Patient partners from the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley
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Deadline: March 20, 2017
Interior Region

Penticton Regional Hospital – Rapid Process Improvement Workshop (Emergency Department)

Do you have an interest in helping improve the patient experience in the Emergency Department at Penticton Regional Hospital? From patient registration, through to admittance or discharge, we are seeking to make improvements with your help!

Open to: Patient partners in the Penticton area
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Deadline: February 17, 2017

Kelowna General Hospital Foundation Small Grants Program Vetting Team

Join a team that makes decisions about disbursing funds to various Interior Health groups for patient-and family- centred care initiatives!

Open to: Patient partners across the Interior region
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Deadline: February 24, 2017

Rapid Process Improvement Workshop – Operating Room Booking of Elective Surgeries

Care providers at Royal Inland Hospital would like your help to improve the process for elective surgeries from the time that the decision is made by the patient and surgeon through to when surgery is confirmed on the 2 day slate (two days prior to surgery). Please read on if you would like to bring your experience to this improvement group to share how you think the process might be improved, what challenges you experienced and what worked well.

Open to: Patient partners from Thompson, Cariboo and Shuswap who access Royal Inland Hospital
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Deadline: February 28, 2017

Patient Experience Sharing: Emergency Department Mental Health and Substance Use Best Practice Guidelines

Do you have interest in improving mental health or substance use patient care and experience during visits to the emergency department? This is an opportunity to share your patient experience to help identify best practice guidelines in this area of care.

Open to: Patient partners from Kamloops and surrounding area who access Royal Inland Hospital Emergency Department

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Deadline: March 8, 2017

Kelowna General Hospital – Care and Discharge Planning

Do you have an interest in improving the acute care experience for patients and families? Kelowna General Hospital is looking at making improvements in hospital care and discharge planning.

Open to: Patient partners from Kelowna and surrounding area

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Deadline: March 10, 2017

Focus Group: Kamloops Centralized Surgical Referral Project

The Kamloops Centralized Surgical Referral Project is supported by the provincial Specialist Services Committee and is designed to help both patients and providers by ensuring that referrals are received in a timely fashion, fully completed, and triaged to the right specialist; all with feedback back to the patient and their GP. Do you have an interest in making the patient journey to the specialist or surgeon more innovative? If so, we would like you to be part of our focus group!

Open to: Patient partners from Thompson, Cariboo, and Shuswap areas

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Deadline: March 22, 2017
Northern Region

Regional Dysphagia Management Team Steering Committee

Are you interested in improving the overall mealtime experience and quality of life of residents with eating, drinking or swallowing problems? If so, please join a discussion on identifying and prioritizing aspects of dysphagia management important to patients and their families.

Open to: Patient partners from Northern Health communities
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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Patient Speaker – Liver Disease, Cancer Care or Stroke

Would you like to share your experiences and advice with the next generation of nurses to help them know what the patient feels, thinks and wants? This is a chance to share your story!

Open to: Patient partners from Terrace
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Deadline: March 20, 2017
Vancouver Island Region

Vancouver Island Eating Disorder Patient and Family Advisory Committee

Would you be interested in becoming a member of the Vancouver Island Eating Disorder Patient and Family Advisory Committee to discuss and provide input into the priorities and option development of eating disorders program planning? Your involvement will help improve our services moving forward.

Open to: Patient partners from Vancouver Island
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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Resident, Patient and Family Representative – Residential Services Clinical Governance Council

Join the Residential Services Clinical Governance Council and use your lived experience as a patient, resident, or family member to positively impact the quality of life for approximately 5,471 people receiving residential care services in Island Health!

Open to: Patient partners in the Vancouver Island region

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Deadline: March 6, 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: March 17, 2017