Engagement Opportunities

We have been closely following the COVID-19 pandemic and listening to guidance from those leading our health care system’s response.

We recognize that some engagement opportunities may not proceed in their original timelines due to the system’s response, and thank our patient and health care partners for working together to reschedule activities. We encourage health care partners to heed the latest advice from officials regarding whether in-person meetings/events should still take place, and to consider if they could be accomplished through online platforms or teleconferences. We also encourage patient partners to let their health care partners or engagement leaders know if they have questions or concerns related to in-person meetings/events.

As BC’s health care system responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will likely see fewer engagement opportunities than we typically would, and more virtual participation within those that do take place.

Please contact us at PVN@bcpsqc.ca if you have any questions or concerns about patient engagement during this time.

For the latest information on COVID-19, including how to protect yourself and others, symptoms, community resources and travel guidance, 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.

This is a challenging time for the health care system and British Columbians. We thank you for taking steps to keep yourself, your community and your loved ones safe and healthy.

Here are the engagement opportunities that are currently open:

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 up 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 Opportunities

Participant, Indigenous Inclusion Working Group

First Nations Health Authority and the BC Patient Safety Quality Council are looking for Indigenous feedback on the Patient Voices Network application process and the revised International Association of Public Participation Spectrum of Engagement. If you are interested in helping us make sure this is culturally safe, please read on.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: March 29, 2020
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

Member, Fraser Health Patient and Family Advisory Councils

Fraser Health is looking for energetic, community-minded patients and families who can contribute their voice to the improvement of hospital and community health services across the region. They are seeking multiple patient partners (see current communities being recruited below) to be a part of co-designing their Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFACs) so that what matters to patients, families and caregivers is at the forefront of care happening in Fraser Health.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: Open until filled

Member, Family Presence and Respectful Clinical Areas Working Group

Balancing a supportive family presence policy while ensuring a safe, respectful work and clinical care area is an ongoing challenge at St Paul’s Hospital. We are seeking four patient partners to join us in a working group designed to create safe and respectful work flows and guidelines, that are person- and family-centred, to ensure a safe space to work and receive care and treatments.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley
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Deadline: March 31, 2020

Member, Providence Health Care General Orientation Working Group

Creating a welcoming environment, where patients and families feel valued and good about the care they receive, is a critical part of new employees’ orientation. Providence Health Care is looking for two patient partners to assist in revising their orientation, specifically in the hospital setting, that acknowledges the important role patients and families play in providing good quality health care.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley
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Deadline: March 31, 2020

Member, Active Transportation Injuries and Recovery Outcomes Research Team

Have you, or someone close to you, been injured as a pedestrian or cyclist? If so, your experience may help to develop a research study looking at injury circumstances and recovery outcomes of patients involved in active transportation, including walking or cycling on public places. The Road Safety and Public Health Team from the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia, is looking to partner with two patients who have experienced injury as a pedestrian or cyclist to develop active transportation safety research.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley
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Deadline: March 31, 2020

Member, Medication Administration Record (MAR) Clinical Policy Evaluation Working Group, Fraser Health

Preventing medication errors involves having sound policies that guide safe clinical practices. The Fraser Health professional practice team is seeking two to three patient partners to join their medication administration record clinical policy working group as they seek to evaluate current practices across Fraser Health hospitals.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland/Fraser area
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Deadline: March 31, 2020

Member, Regional Primary Health Care and Chronic Disease Management Project Review

Having primary health care and chronic disease management meet the needs of patients and families with consistency and coordination across the region is the goal of this engagement. They are seeking two patient partners to assist with developing partnerships and identifying opportunities to improve how community members can access good, quality health care in their community, across all ages and needs. The opportunity includes reviewing service plans, engaging with multiple stakeholders like managers, directors and coordinators, with multiple projects across the Fraser Region.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health Communities
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Deadline: April 4, 2020

Member, Gender Inclusive Regional Strategy Shared Work Team – Fraser Health

Treating all members of society with dignity and respect when receiving care is a sign of an exemplary health care organization. Fraser Health is seeking one – two patient advisors to help them develop a gender inclusive regional strategy to guide and enhance safe and compassionate care across all health care services in the region.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health Communities
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Deadline: April 7, 2020

Patient Advisor, Hospital Care – When and Where It’s Needed, Fraser Health

Overcrowding. Wait times. Access to care when and where you need it. If these topics interest you, and you have some time to contribute your voice alongside Fraser Health leadership, they are seeking two patient advisors to join their Leadership Access and Flow Steering Committee.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: April 15, 2020

Patient Advisor, MEDITECH Committees – Fraser Health

In today’s world, people use technology each day for banking and other critical lifestyle supports. Fraser Health is focused on how to effectively use technology that supports excellent complex health care services and is seeking patient advisors for two MEDITECH Committees.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: April 30, 2020
Interior Region

Member, Predictive Modelling of Healthcare Utilization Research Team

Here is an opportunity to predict the future! Join our team in using quantitative evidence and data analysis techniques to predict future needs for health care utilization.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior and Northern regions
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Deadline: April 10, 2020
Northern Region

Participant, Virtual Meeting Support Training

Would you like to learn more about how we can connect virtually with our health care teams during this difficult time? Here is an opportunity to learn about attending appointments virtually and potentially supporting your peers who may experience challenges with online platforms during this transition.

Open to: Patient partners from Northern BC

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Member, Predictive Modelling of Healthcare Utilization Research Team

Here is an opportunity to predict the future! Join our team in using quantitative evidence and data analysis techniques to predict future needs for health care utilization.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior and Northern regions
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Deadline: April 10, 2020
Vancouver Island Region

No current opportunities