Engagement Opportunities

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

Advisory Group Member, BC Surgical Quality Action Network

Passionate about improving surgical care quality in BC? Become an advisory group member for the Surigcal Quality Action Network!

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: August 16, 2019

Attendee, Surgical Quality Action Network (SQAN) Day

Interested in improving surgical care in BC? Attend Surgical Quality Action Network (SQAN) Day for an interactive and action-oriented event aimed at improving the quality of care for patients across the province.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: August 23, 2019

Storyteller, World Sepsis Day Collaboration and Campaign

For World Sepsis Day on September 13, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council will be promoting early recognition and treatment of sepsis in hospitals. We invite you to share your story of surviving sepsis as part of the global movement to raise awareness of sepsis.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: August 26, 2019

Attendee, Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School

Looking to expand your knowledge and skills about quality improvement practices in health care? Read on to learn about the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Basic Certificate! As part of building capacity in the Patient Voices Network, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council is sponsoring 25 patient partners to participate in this online learning opportunity to gain essential training and tools on the topics of improvement methods, measuring change, patient safety and more!

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: August 28, 2019

Member, Patient Safety Incident Review Provincial Guidelines Working Group

BC is committed to improving the quality of health care services through ensuring a consistent approach to learning from patient safety events and sharing the results. The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC) is seeking two patient partners to share their patient safety experience to inform the development of provincial patient safety event review guidelines.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: August 30, 2019

Attendee, San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, which administers PVN, is committed to cultural safety and humility. As part of that commitment, the Council is sponsoring an opportunity for 17 patient partners to participate in San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training! In this course attendees will learn about Indigenous history, cultural safety, and strategies for empathy through a series of online modules and discussions to increase cultural understanding & diversity in our network.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: September 3, 2019

Member, Community Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Have you or a loved one been affected by an antibiotic resistant or difficult to treat infection? Your unique perspective can help guide and shape activities to promote the wise use of antibiotics in BC.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: September 20, 2019
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

Participant, Design Thinking Workshop

If you want to take your solutions and ideas to new heights, join us at Design Thinking: A Human-Centred Approach to Health Care Improvement! We will curate recent knowledge around innovation and design thinking, and provide the opportunity to apply design thinking methodology to real-life health care challenges. This interactive session will help you do things differently!

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland region
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Deadline: August 25, 2019

Advocate and Speaker, World Sepsis Day Booth

World Sepsis Day is held every year as an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against sepsis. If you have experienced sepsis, we want you to join a sepsis advocacy booth in downtown Vancouver on Friday, September 13, and participate in engaging the public by sharing your experience of surviving sepsis and providing education materials that describe possible signs of sepsis.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
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Deadline: August 26, 2019

Member, Royal Columbian Hospital Redevelopment Focus Groups

Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) is being redesigned and needs your help to make sure those changes reflect the changing needs of this growing community! 12 patient partners are being sought to provide their input on service delivery models for a variety of programs at RCH.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: August 29, 2019

Working Group Member, Health Care Team Use of Patient-Centred Assessment Data

Health care teams using patient-centred assessment data well can make or break a project. We are seeking four patient partners to work in partnership with our team as we develop resources to assist health care teams to make better use of this important data.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: August 30, 2019

Patient Partner, Respite Services Redesign Consultation

Respite services are an important part of ensuring caregivers are provided a short period of rest and relief as they go through the emotional and physical demands of giving care for their loved one. Fraser Health is seeking two patient partners to assist them in looking at how they can talk with the public about these services and how to easily access them.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: August 30, 2019

Patient Advisor, Regional Older Adult Strategy Partnership

Fraser Health is looking for people interested in senior’s health care services who can contribute their voice to the development of the Regional Older Adult Strategy and Framework. The Fraser Health Frail Elderly Older Adult Network seeks two patient partners to join their team in co-creating this strategy that will guide health care services across the region for seniors.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health Communities
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Deadline: August 30, 2019

Patient Partner, Health Companion Mobile App Feedback Process

Smartphones are fast becoming an important tool in being healthy. A team at the UBC Faculty of Medicine are seeking two patient partners to share their health care experience as they develop an app that provides individualized health recommendations based on a patient’s health background.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley
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Deadline: September 6, 2019

Online Reviewer, Effective And Seamlessly Integrated (EASI) Maternity Care Project

The Effective And Seamlessly Integrated (EASI) Maternity Project is creating an online information hub that aims to be a trusted and useful “one-stop shop”, connecting people and families to healthy pregnancy, birth and early parenting information. Play an important role in helping to create a user-friendly and easy-to-navigate website!

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley
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Deadline: September 19, 2019
Interior Region

Member, Revelstoke Maternity Interprofessional Collaboration Project Working Group

The Revelstoke Maternity Project team is working to find ways to enhance local maternity care. An essential part of this work is gaining a first-hand understanding of the wants and needs of women in the community. Help ensure maternity care in town is the best it can be!

Open to: Patient partners in Revelstoke and surrounding area
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Deadline: Open until filled

Member, North Shore Primary and Community Care Patient Advisory Council

Patient partners are needed to help advise and support operational decisions for Kamloops North Shore Primary and Community Care. This newly forming committee will consist of care providers, additional relevant Interior Health employees, patient partners and leadership members to bring a well-rounded perspective to this important work.

Open to: Patient partners in the Kamloops area
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Deadline: August 27, 2019

Member, Community-Wide Scheduling Appointment Notification Project

The Interior Health Community-Wide Scheduling Project is planning to launch an automated appointment reminder system and is seeking input from patient partners. Community-Wide Scheduling makes appointments for various community services such as the Royal Inland Hospital VIP Healthy Heart Clinic and various community care clinics.

Open to: Patient partners in Penticton, Kamloops and surrounding areas
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Deadline: September 7, 2019

Participant, Workshop to Launch Refresh of Interior Health’s Vision, Mission, and Values

Interior Health is holding a facilitated workshop on October 7 as a first step in a project to refresh their vision, mission, and values. As important partners in health care, they are hoping to have patients join them for this day of meaningful conversation and relationship building.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior region
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Deadline: September 9, 2019

Member, Trauma-Informed Spaces Working Group

Interior Health Mental Health & Substance Use Services recognize the profound impact that trauma may have had on many of the people who access our programs. As a patient partner, your voice and lived experience is essential in making our spaces feel safe and inviting. We are seeking two patient partners to join us as we transform our waiting room into a welcoming, accepting and calming space for everyone.

Open to: Patient partners in Penticton or surrounding areas
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Deadline: September 15, 2019

Member, Specialized Community Service Programs Patient Advisory Focus Group

Interior Health is seeking a patient partner to be part of a committee that will inform the work around specialized community services for people with complex medical issues. Patient input is highly valued in understanding the patient experience in the health care system.

Open to: Patient partners in the East Kootenay area
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Deadline: September 20, 2019
Northern Region

Member, Primary Care Network Development Committee

Do you want to help improve Nisga’a Primary Care services and help with the development? Here is an opportunity to be on the Primary Care Network Development Committee and contribute to future plans.

Open to: Patient partners from Nisga’a Valley
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Deadline: August 19, 2019

Member, Vanderhoof Alternative Senior Housing Facility Design Committee

Northern Health, in partnership with BC Housing and Nechako Valley Community Services, is looking to design and build an alternative seniors housing complex in Vanderhoof. We are looking for patient partners who have an interest in seniors housing for people, particularly dementia care, to provide recommendations around the design of the building.

Open to: Patient partners in the Vanderhoof area
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Deadline: August 31, 2019

Patient Speaker, Quality Improvement Patient Panel

Are you interested in sharing what matters to you as a patient with Northern Health staff who are participating in quality improvement training? The ideal patient partner would be willing to share a recent experience that happened to them and discuss feelings, communication and how he/she received care.

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern region
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Deadline: September 18, 2019

Patient Speaker, First Nations Residential School Survivor – Coast Mountain College

You have a story to tell. Your story can help create understanding of the impact of residential schools on you, and your family’s health and well-being. Coast Mountain College is asking you to help shape the future of nursing towards compassionate, culturally sensitive care by sharing your story with nursing students at the Terrace Campus.

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern region
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Deadline: September 18, 2019

Participant, Workshop to Review Patient Information Sheets

The BC Emergency Medicine Network is seeking northern patient partners to provide their input and expertise to modify information sheets given to patients when they leave the emergency department. Join us for a full day of small working group sessions with lots of nutrition breaks and hopefully some fun!

Open to: Patient partners in Prince George and surrounding areas
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Deadline: September 20, 2019

Patient Speaker, Indigenous Medicine and Food – Coast Mountain College

Why would it be important for nursing students to have knowledge related to Indigenous traditional foods and medicine? How can they use this knowledge to improve the health and wellness of the Indigenous population in the care that they provide? Share your knowledge related to Indigenous traditional foods and medicine with these inquiring minds. Help them to become better health care providers!

Open to: Patient partners living in Kitsumkalum, Kulspai or Terrace
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Deadline: October 25, 2019
Vancouver Island Region

Participant, Renal Voices Matter – Listening Workshop

Are you receiving kidney or dialysis care in Island Health’s Renal Program? Do you want to help us improve care delivery and patient experience in renal services? Come join us for the Listening Workshop!

Open to: Patient partners in the Island Health region
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Deadline: August 28, 2019

Member, South Island Primary Care Network Physician Leadership & Engagement Committee

The South Island Primary Care Network (PCN) Physician Leadership & Engagement Committee is a joint working group for both the Western communities and the Saanich Peninsula. Join us in facilitating effective exchange of information and ideas, and to promote collaborative solution finding between South Island Division of Family Practice & Island Health PCN leadership, staff and family physicians.

Open to: Patient partners in the Saanich Peninsula region
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Deadline: September 13, 2019