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

Conference Speaker, Demystifying Authentic Patient Engagement: Principles and Strategies (April 2018)

Authentic patient engagement principles and strategies are invaluable to ensuring opportunities value time and contributions of patients and health care partners alike. We are submitting a proposal to share our take on authentic patient engagement at the Beryl Institute’s Patient Experience Conference 2018. If you are passionate about sharing your experiences with a diverse range of international stakeholders, read on!

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: August 18, 2017

Providence Health Care Patient/Resident Hand Cleaning Consultation

Preventing health care acquired infections is highly reliant on hand hygiene. Typically, the emphasis has been on hand cleaning by health care workers; we are interested in learning how hand cleaning was important to you and your family during your care experience in a hospital or a residential care facility.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: August 21, 2017

Integrated Primary Care Continuing Professional Development Advisory Group

The BC health sector is moving forward with primary health care reform! UBC Health needs your help as it works to understand the skills and training each profession needs in order to provide person-centred primary care.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: August 23, 2017

Focus Group or Interview Participants, Review of Treatment Options for Parkinson’s Disease

Ever wonder how decisions are made about the effectiveness of treatment options and wish you could influence the decision-making process? Share your experience with Parkinson’s Disease to assist a team at UBC to ensure patient perspectives are included in a review of advanced stage therapies and treatments for Parkinson’s Disease.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: August 24, 2017

Webinar Participant, Troubleshooting Webex

Are you nervous about attending a meeting online? Have you avoided using Webex as a meeting tool? Come and participate in this patient partner focused opportunity to learn how to use Webex and give feedback about the process.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: August 25, 2017

Patient Speaker Panel: Connect and Communicate to Impact Patient Outcomes, BC Chiropractic Association

Are you someone who has benefited from chiropractic care? Can your experience with care help provide a teachable moment for chiropractors? Help BC chiropractors understand how ‘soft skills’ (personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people) are fundamental to positive patient experience and outcomes.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: August 25, 2017

Interview Participants, Review of Routine Testing Before Surgery

Are you interested in sharing your experiences of testing before surgery? Your input can help shape provincial government policy regarding whether cardiac screening is routinely required before surgery and improve the care received by other patients.

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

Committee Member, Rural Surgical and Maternity Care Advisory Committee

Help sustain surgical and maternity services in rural communities by becoming a member of our rural surgical and obstetrical networks advisory committee!

Open to: Patient partners in rural communities across the province
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Deadline: September 6, 2017
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

Addressing Malnutrition in Hospital: Implementation of a Nutrition Pathway for Acute Care

Do you want to help patients eat better in hospital? Share your experience to help implement an approach to nutrition care that meets patients’ needs!

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

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Deadline: August 15, 2017

Patient Partner, Assisted Living Quality of Life Working Group

According to recent reports, BC is home to about 678,000 people 65 and over. By 2020, that number is expected to grow to 984,000, and by 2036 there will be nearly 1.5 million older adults in BC. With the population of older adults increasing, the number of people choosing assisted living will continue to grow. In order to understand the unique challenges of promoting assisted living residents’ quality of life and engagement, a team of researchers are looking for patient partners to contribute their insight as they develop a study of attitudes, beliefs and behaviour towards quality of life.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley
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Deadline: August 17, 2017

Quality Academy and Clinician Quality Academy Panel Sessions

Have you previously participated in health care improvements? Would you like to share your ‘patient partner’ insights with a cohort of health care providers learning about quality improvement? We’d love to learn from you!

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland
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Deadline: August 18, 2017

Committee Member, Fraser Health Regional Cancer Care Council

Each day across British Columbia, patients and families are touched by cancer. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, on average, 565 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer every day. The Fraser Health Regional Cancer Care Council provides a forum for discussions, planning and decision-making related to cancer care services between BC Cancer Agency and Regional Health Authorities. They are seeking two patient partners to join them in improving care services across the region.

Open to: Patient partners in the Fraser Health region.
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Deadline: August 18, 2017

Member, Abbotsford/Mission Health Services Network

As many of you know, the need for smooth transitions between health care services is an important component of quality care. The Abbotsford/Mission Health Services Network meets 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 in Abbotsford/Mission communities
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Deadline: August 19, 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 in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

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Deadline: August 21, 2017

Urinary Tract Infection Prevention Working Group

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

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley
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Deadline: August 21, 2017

Advisory Committee Member, Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services Prescription Review

The College of Pharmacists is wondering about public interest in expanding current pharmacy services to include prescribing medications. In order to investigate this further, the Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services is looking for two patient partners to provide insight into the public’s perspective on prescribing done by pharmacists.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley
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Deadline: August 29, 2017

Patient Partner, Physician Quality Improvement Committee

Integrating the patients’ voice, alongside physicians, in health care quality improvement work takes a lot of behind the scenes work to engage physicians and build capacity in the areas of quality improvement, leadership, project management and change management. The Physician Quality Improvement Committee provides a unique platform for patients to provide feedback and work alongside physician champions throughout Fraser Health to improve health care services.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: August 30, 2017
Interior Region

Interview Consultation, Enhancing Communication in the Intensive Care Unit by Identifying an Appropriate Whiteboard Template

Let’s improve communication between staff, patients, and family members within an Intensive Care Unit (ICU)! Royal Inland Hospital is working on an initiative to utilize bedside whiteboards in the ICU as a communication tool and your input is needed.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior Health region
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Deadline: August 17, 2017

Survey, Evaluation of the Kelowna Community Health Services Centre

Patients will have an opportunity to inform improvements at the Kelowna Community Health Services Centre. We need your help to make it as easy as possible! Please RSVP to share your feedback on the proposed surveys.

Open to: Patient partners across Interior Health
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Deadline: August 23, 2017

Sharing of Patient Pathway: Children and Youth – Complex Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges

Are you interested in sharing your experiences in accessing services for youth with complex mental health challenges that may or may not include challenges with substance use? Your input can help future youth and family members navigate the services they require and improve the patient experience in your community.

Open to: Patient partners in and around the city of Kamloops
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Deadline: August 23, 2017

Participant, Interior Health Repatriation Collaborative Launch and Subsequent Learning Sessions

Sometimes a patient’s care needs are better met in a hospital outside of their home community. Ultimately repatriation is about ensuring patients are returning to their home community after  receiving these specialized services in a proactive streamlined way that supports their health and wellbeing along the continuum of care. See details below to find out how you can impact this important work!

Open to: Patient partners in rural Interior region communities
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Deadline: August 31, 2017

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 region
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Deadline: September 7, 2017
Northern Region

Webinar Participant, Northern Health Leadership Introduction on Person- and Family-Centred Care (Test Session)

As part of their ongoing work to enhance person- and family-centred care(PFFC), Northern Health has created a Leaders Webinar on PFCC aimed at embedding PFCC in every patient or family interaction. Your input is needed on the content and delivery of this session!

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern Health region
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Deadline: August 8, 2017

Participant, Terrace Health Unit Signage Review Working Group

Do you have an interest in helping patients and family members navigate their way to needed services at the Terrace Health Unit? If so, please RSVP to be part of the signage review working group.

Open to: Patient partners in Terrace
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Deadline: August 22, 2017
Vancouver Island Region

Participants, Patient Journey Mapping – In-Patient Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy care has changed dramatically in recent years and so must our approach! If you or someone you care for has been admitted to the Royal Jubilee Hospital’s 8South for chemotherapy, then Island Health and the BC Cancer Agency need your expertise to improve the patient experience of care.

Open to: Patient partners in the Island Health region
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Deadline: August 9, 2017

Member, Supportive Cardiology & Palliative Care Working Group

If you or a family member have experience with late-stage cardiac disease or heart failure, we’d like to include you in a working group tasked with development of new model of care that will provide earlier access to supportive palliative care and improve quality of life.

Open to: Patient partners in the Greater Victoria area
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Deadline: September 5, 2017

Member, Community Health and Care Directors Committee

A new integrated, connected community health and care model is coming to your community and you are invited to participate in the Island Health committee that will oversee implementation of this improved approach!

Open to: Patient partners in Island Health Region

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Deadline: September 5, 2017

Patient Representatives, Transition from Hospital to Community Working Group

We’d like to include you in a working group committed to improving the experience of patients and families as they return home after a hospital stay or emergency department visit. If you or someone you care for has required support after returning home to the Saanich Peninsula or relied on services offered through their Community Health Services team, please read on!

Open to: Patient partners living in or receiving health services in the Saanich Peninsula area

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Deadline: September 6, 2017

Member, Infection Prevention and Control Regional Working Group

Island Health’s Infection Prevention and Control Program would like to include patients as active members of their team working to improve the health and safety of patients, families and staff. If you are naturally curious, and have ideas to share about how to partner with patients and the public to reduce infections, this opportunity could be a great fit for you!

Open to: Patient partners in the Island Health region

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Deadline: September 10, 2017