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

Patient Member, Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee

The Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee is a joint committee of the Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC. Help us revise and update our Osteoporosis Guideline for primary care providers in the province.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: October 15, 2019

Participant, Study about Health Care for Individuals with Intersex Variations/Differences in Sex Development

Are you interested in supporting the development of effective and evidence-informed health care support for Canadians with variations in sex development, at times referred to as intersex? Please consider participating in this focus group to discuss your experiences seeking health care and transitions in health care during early adolescence or adulthood.

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

Interviewee, ICBC Education Project Needs Assessment

Are you interested in helping improve and support education for health care professionals related to what process to follow after one of their patients experiences a car crash? If yes, then please consider joining the ICBC Education Project as a patient interviewee.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: October 21, 2019

Member, Provincial Primary Care Patient Partner Group

This group is an opportunity to join other patients in shaping the provincial patient-centred primary care initiative. Open to all patient partners who have been involved in engagements related to the development of Primary Care Networks and Urgent Primary and Community Care Centres in BC, this group will be a means for connecting with other patient partners and gaining a strong understanding of the scope of the Patient-Centred Primary Care Initiative. Serving as a broader patient perspective to provincial discussions, this group will be a patient perspective resource to Ministry advisory forums, General Practice Services Committee and Divisions of Family Practice on current issues related to primary care.

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

Participant, Residency Allocation Subcommittee, Ministry of Health

Are you interested in being part of a conversation with UBC and the Ministry of Health about aligning physician residency training with accountability to the general public? If so, read on!

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: November 5, 2019
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

Lay Research Panel Member, E-Learning for Caregivers of Older Adults with Hip Fracture

Caregivers need help too! Use your personal experience with using technology and/or caregiving as a member of a University of British Columbia research team working to test an online education (e-learning) program for care of older adults with hip fractures.

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

Patient Advisor, Physician Quality Improvement Certificate Opportunity

Physician Quality Improvement, a partnership between Fraser Health and Doctors of BC/Specialist Services Committee, is an initiative to engage physicians and build capacity in the areas of quality improvement, leadership, project and change management.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: October 9, 2019

Patient Partner, Preventing Brain Injury following Cardiac Arrest Research Team

Researchers continue to seek ways to reduce the risk of brain injury after cardiac arrest and have identified ketamine as a possible option. The Royal Columbian Hospital Neurology Research Team is seeking two patient partners who have experience with cardiac arrest to help shape their research with what matters to patients and families.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: October 9, 2019

Patient Partner, Improving Prostate Surgery Outcomes Research Project

Understanding how to improve the quality of life for prostate patients, post-surgery, will reduce emergency room visits and other forms of treatment. Researchers at Royal Columbian Hospital are seeking two patient partners with experience in prostate health to inform their research on how to enhance the future quality of life for all prostate patients.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health Communities
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Deadline: October 22, 2019

Member, Royal Columbian/Eagle Ridge Hospital Engagement Working Group

Five times a year, specialists and family doctors come together to identify projects that focus on improving patient care at Eagle Ridge and Royal Columbian Hospitals. They are seeking two patient partners to work with them on ensuring that these projects align with what matters to patients and reflect the lived experience of those who access health care.

Open to: Patient partners in New Westminster and Tri-Cities
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Deadline: October 22, 2019

Patient Advisor, Long-Term Care Physician Services Task Force

Providing support and compassion in long-term care takes a 24/7 consistent focus. Fraser Health is seeking two patient partners to share their lived experience with long-term care to inform a consistent approach in how services are delivered across all of Fraser Health long-term care.

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

Member, Tri-Cities Primary Care Network Steering Committee

In order to shape primary health care in the Tri-Cities, a variety of experiences and voices at the table are needed. The Tri-Cities Primary Health Care Network brings together community stakeholders to create partnerships and identify opportunities to improve how community members can access good quality health care in their community, across all ages and needs. They are looking for patient partners to join them in their efforts by providing feedback on Primary Care Network portfolios.

Open to: Patient partners in the Tri-Cities
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Deadline: October 29, 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: October 31, 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, Opportunities for Older Adults Committee

Interior Health is looking for people interested in seniors’ health care services who can contribute their voice to the development of the Opportunities for Older Adults Committee Strategy and Framework. The Older Adults Committee is looking for up to four patient partners to join their team in co-creating this strategy that will guide health services across the region for seniors.

Open to: Patient partners in Kamloops and surrounding area
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Deadline: October 7, 2019

Member, Chronic Medical/Frail Working Group

Interior Health is seeking a patient partner to join 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 Williams Lake, 100 Mile House or surrounding area
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Deadline: October 16, 2019

Reviewer, Safe Reporting Page of Interior Health’s Website

Interior Health’s Internal Audit needs patient partners to attend a one-hour virtual session to critique our webpage to ensure that it engages with the public and guides them through the reporting process.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior Health region
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Deadline: October 16, 2019

Member, Specialized Community Services Plan Mental Health and Substance Use Committee

The Mental Health and Substance Use committee is looking for patient partners to sit on this committee and voice experiences they may have related to access or receiving mental health and substance use services. The successful committee member will also help to shape and inform the planning and implementation of services in this region by participating in monthly meetings. The meetings are attended by Health Authority members, Divisions of Family Practice and First Nation Aboriginal partners.

Open to: Patient partners in Williams Lake, 100 Mile House or surrounding area
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Deadline: October 16, 2019

Member, Specialized Community Services Programs Steering Committee

The Specialized Community Services Program Steering Committee is looking for up to three patient partners who would be interested in sitting on this committee to share their perspective. This work spans across complex medical and frail adults and adults living with mental health and substance use conditions.

Open to: Patient partners in Williams Lake, 100 Mile House and surrounding area
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Deadline: October 16, 2019

Member, Patient Choice Meal Service Committee

A new meal service at Penticton Regional Hospital will allow patients to choose menu items closer to meal times, resulting in a better experience for the patient, who will make a meal choice based on their current appetite. We are hoping to have patients join us in this work.

Open to: Patient partners in Penticton and surrounding area
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Deadline: October 19, 2019

Participant, Surgical Patient Optimization: Penticton Regional Hospital Focus Group

Are you a patient who has undergone or is booked for planned surgery at Penticton Regional Hospital? We need volunteers to attend a one-hour in-person session to test drive our website and evaluate our surgical school content. Help us create relevant user-friendly ways to ensure our patients are ready for surgery.

Open to: Patient partners in the South Okanagan area
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Deadline: October 20, 2019

Participant, Cancer Clinic Rapid Process Improvement Workshop

Royal Inland Cancer Clinic would like to create a better patient experience by enhancing processes in partnership with patients who have accessed the clinic. Commencing on November 18, we are having a week-long workshop where we would be delighted if a patient could join us for a few days or even the whole week to try different changes.

Open to: Patient partners from Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops
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Deadline: October 23, 2019

Participant, Rapid Process Improvement Workshop – Respite Care

South Okanagan is hosting a five-day workshop with the hopes of improving the use of respite care beds in facilities. We are looking for patient partners who have had a loved one or themselves resided in a respite care bed. We need the patient voice to inform improvement opportunities.

Open to: Patient partners in the South Okanagan area
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Deadline: October 28, 2019

Patient Member, Mental Health & Substance Use Team-Based Care Working Group

Interior Health is looking for patient partners to help review a team-based care (TBC) framework and adapt it as needed for mental health and substance use clients and teams. We believe TBC is fundamentally a person-centred approach to care that promotes the patient voice, patient safety and acceptability in care delivery, thereby creating better experiences for individuals, their families and caregivers, and providers in the health system. Interdisciplinary teams and all team members are called to: provide person-centred care, improve information and understanding, ensure informed decision making, enhance understanding of self-management strategies for individuals, families and caregivers, and apply principles of dignity, respect, information sharing, participation and collaboration.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior region
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Deadline: October 29, 2019

Participant, Interior Health Patient Engagement Project

Patient engagement is so important! Through phone and in-person individual interviews, we want to think about engagement methods and approaches where people feel safe. Learn from people when they feel they can safely share their idea, and can well-articulate their needs, wishes and desires in group situations over time. Also help spread examples of interesting, innovative practice from around the Interior Health region, including certain underrepresented socio-economic groups.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior region
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Deadline: October 31, 2019
Northern Region

Participant, Northern Health Breast Cancer Pathway Review

Have you or a loved one had breast cancer in the past five years? Would you like to help shape the future of breast cancer care in Northern BC? Northern Health is looking for patient partners to give input and share experiences on a number of initiatives.

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern region
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Deadline: October 15, 2019

Participant, Northern Health Hospital Admitting & Discharge Packages Committee

Northern Health is standardizing the materials patients receive when they are admitted to the hospital. Patient partners are invited to join the committee and share what they feel patients need while transitioning in/out of the hospital.

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern Health region
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Deadline: October 22, 2019

Attendee, Educational Workshop: Engage to Improve – Creative Solutions for Working Better Together

Are you looking for a fun and engaging way to facilitate engagement? Do you want to surface the best ideas for the problems you’re facing today? If you answered yes to these questions, then this Liberating Structures workshop is for you!

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern region
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Deadline: October 25, 2019
Vancouver Island Region

Participant, Cowichan Valley Health & Care Plan Focus Groups

Island Health is looking to engage patient partners and family caregivers to learn how we can improve services and care for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, frail individuals, and people needing palliative or end-of-life care.

Open to: Patient partners in the Cowichan Valley area
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Deadline: Open until filled

Patient Advisor, Vancouver Island Eating Disorder Client and Family Advisory Committee

Do you have an eye for quality improvement, an empathetic ear and experience accessing care for the treatment of an eating disorder? Your voice is needed! We are looking for patient partners to join our Client and Family Advisory Committee, which meets quarterly to discuss the development and provision of eating disorder services provided by Island Health and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Open to: Patient partners in the Island Health region
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Deadline: October 11, 2019

Speakers/Panel Members, Patient Safety Week Kick-Off Event

Island Health is kicking off the Canadian Patient Safety Week with a panel of senior leaders, together with up to two patient partners, speaking and answering questions about patient safety in the organization. Help us “Conquer Silence”, the theme for this year’s patient safety week!

Open to: Patient partners in the Greater Victoria area
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Deadline: October 11, 2019

Member, Island Health Information Governance Council

Do you have some knowledge of information governance or data management? Are you interested in improving how health care information is collected, managed, shared and used?

Open to: Patient partners on Vancouver Island
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Deadline: October 15, 2019