Engagement Opportunities

Here are 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

Focus Group or Interview Participant, Patient-Centred Technologies to Improve Journeys through the Emergency Department

Have you been in an Emergency department (ED) within the last five years? Do you have thoughts on how patient flow through emergency rooms could be improved? This opportunity might be for you! Lend your experience in emergency departments to inform the development of a mobile app to make the experience better!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: May 21, 2018

Member, Canadian Anesthesia Research Priority Setting Partnership

Health research often does not reflect the burden of disease placed on patients and families. Factors like funding sources, vested researcher interests, publication bias, and consumer pressure can influence the research agenda away from the needs of patients. As a result, questions that patients and clinicians consider important may not be addressed. Ultimately, such bias can negatively impact patient health outcomes. You can help to change that!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: June 5, 2018

Reviewer, BC Emergency Health Services Patient Experience Survey

Have you had to contact 911 for yourself or a family member who was in an emergency situation and needed an ambulance? BC Emergency Health Services invites you to provide input on a new survey tool that will be used to gather ongoing feedback on Ambulance Services to improve the care for future patients.

Open to: Patient partners across the province (more…)

Deadline: June 8, 2018
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

Member, Various Health Services Networks – Fraser Health

As many of you know, the need for smooth transitions between health care services is an important component of quality care.  Health Services Networks across the Fraser Health Region meet to discuss how these transitions can improve for patients and families, leading to better health care and patient experience.  If you have experience navigating the system from one sector to another (e.g., residential care or assisted living), your perspective and voice is needed in this network.

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

Research Partner, Patient-Centred Technologies to Improve Journeys through the Emergency Department

Emergency department (ED) visits can be a challenging experience for patients and families. Lend your experience as part of a research team working to develop a mobile app that could make the experience better. Previous experience as a research partner is desirable but not necessary; training and mentorship will be provided, so it may be your opportunity to learn more about health research!

Open to: Patient partners in the Vancouver area

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Deadline: May 22, 2018

Research Partner, Education for Caregivers of Older Adults with Hip Fracture

Caregivers need help too! Use your personal experience with care-giving as a member of a University of British Columbia research team working to develop an education program for caregivers of older adults.

Open to: Patient partners in the Vancouver area

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Deadline: May 30, 2018

Participant, Abbotsford Regional Hospital Hip & Knee Replacement Focus Group

Recently, the Government of British Columbia announced a funding increase for hip & knee surgeries across the province. In Fraser Health, that translates to a 23% increase in the region. In preparation for this expansion of services, Abbotsford Regional Hospital is seeking patient input into their current services and opportunities for enhancement to improve the patient experience.

Open to: Patient partners from Fraser Health communities

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Deadline: June 4, 2018

Patient Advisor, Surrey Memorial Hospital Arthroplasty Central Intake Working Group

The Surrey Memorial Hospital Arthroplasty Central Intake Working Group is in the process of developing a Central Intake and Assessment Centre for Hip and Knee Replacements.  This initiative aligns with the triple aim of improving health, providing an improved patient care experience and reducing the cost of care.   Streamlining and standardizing the referral process, the anticipated results will be decreased wait times for surgeon consults, decreased length of stay by proactively identifying and mitigating risk across the continuum, and engaging patients in self-management.

Open to: Patient partners from Fraser Health communities

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Deadline: June 4, 2018

Member, Fraser Health Hospital Orientation Content Review 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. Fraser Health is looking for two patient advisors to assist in revising this 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 from Fraser Health communities

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Deadline: June 4, 2018

Patient Advisor, Fraser Health COPD Home Health Monitoring (HHM) Working Group

Providing good quality care in rural and remote communities, through technology, takes a lot of planning to make sure that it meets the needs of those it serves. The COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Home Health Monitoring Working Group is looking for patients who can enthusiastically share their lived experience to help inform the development of the use of technology to support COPD patients, close to home.

Open to: Patient partners in Chilliwack, Hope and surrounding communities

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Deadline: June 30, 2018
Interior Region

Member, Patient Engagement in Research Committee of the BC SUPPORT Unit Interior Centre

Does patient engagement in research interest you? Read more about this exciting opportunity!

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior geographic region

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Deadline: Open until filled

Member, South Okanagan Clinical Ethics Committee

Do you have an interest in ethics, ethical decision making and medical care? Join this committee to support medical professionals and patients/families in making difficult medical decisions.

Open to: Patient partners in the South Okanagan area
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Deadline: Open until filled

Member, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Steering Committee, Central Okanagan

Do you want to help improve the lives of people who suffer from lung disease? If so, please consider participating in this steering committee.

Open to: Patient partners in the Central Okanagan area
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Deadline: Open until filled

Member, Patient & Family Advisory Council for Royal Inland Hospital Intensive Care Unit

Integrating the patient and family voice into patient experience improvements of intensive care services in Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) is a priority for all involved in this work. Lend your voice and partner with the team at RIH as part of their Intensive Care Unit Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior region
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Deadline: Open until filled

Member, Primary Care Network Planning Working Group

BC is embarking on the first wave of introducing Primary Care Networks across the province and we are excited that Penticton/Summerland has been chosen. We’re looking for people who have a passion to see changes in how we can access primary care services in our communities.

Open to: Patient partners in the Penticton and Summerland area

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Deadline: Open until filled

Patient Speaker, Patient Experience Story for Long Term Service Awards Dinner

Do you want the opportunity to show gratitude and thank healthcare professionals who provide care in your community? Please join us for live music, a delicious meal and wonderful company to share your exceptional, experience of healthcare workers and the impact they had on you!

Open to: Patient partners in Interior Region
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Deadline: Open until filled

Participant, Kelowna General Hospital Cardiac Education Project

Do you have an interest in helping to improve the quality of information given to heart surgery patients while in hospital and once discharged to aid in transition home post heart surgery? Would you be interested in meeting with staff to discuss your experience, including the teaching received while in hospital and after?

Open to: Patient partners in the Kelowna area

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Deadline: May 27, 2018
Northern Region

Member, Perinatal Program Council, Northern Health

Have you given birth recently? Do you have an interest in helping to improve the quality of Perinatal (prenatal, delivery and postpartum) services as part of an ongoing advisory council?

Open to: Patient partners in Northern Region

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Deadline: May 22, 2018

Member, Care in the Community Advisory Committee

Interested in providing a patient advisory voice to help plan supports for seniors across the North? We are looking for a visionary, strategic thinking patient!

Open to: Patient partners in Northern Region

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Deadline: May 25, 2018

Reviewer, Chronic Diseases Program content, Northern Health Website

Do you struggle finding information on the Northern Health website and would you like to improve how you find information on chronic diseases?

Open to: Patient partners in Northern Region

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Deadline: May 25, 2018

Member, Northern Health Website Review Panel for Mental Health & Substance Use content

Have you ever been frustrated when trying to find health information on Northern Health’s public website?  If you would like to help improve how patients and families can access information about Mental Health & Substance Use services please read on!

Open to: Patient partners from across Northern BC
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Deadline: May 25, 2018

Participant, NH Colonoscopy and Colon Screening Pathway Review

Have you ever had a colonoscopy and been left wondering “what happens next”?  Northern Health is looking for patient partners to review and comment on documents to help answer this question for patients who have undergone this procedure.

Open to: Patient partners from northern BC
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Deadline: May 31, 2018

Patient Speaker, Board Training Program for Governance of Quality and Safety

Have you previously participated in health care improvements? Would you like to share your ‘patient partner’ insights with local health authority board of directors who are keen to expand their knowledge and skills in governing for quality and safety?

Open to: Patient partners from Northern BC
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Deadline: June 27, 2018
Vancouver Island Region

Member, Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH) Clinical Operations Committee, Island Health

Do you have an interest in advancing the delivery of acute care at one of British Columbia’s largest and most advanced hospitals?   The Royal Jubilee Hospital is seeking a dynamic patient partner who shares in their passion to make RJH the best place to receive care!  Join their team!

Open to: Patient partners in the Greater Victoria area
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Deadline: June 5, 2018