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

Member, Legacy for Airway Health Initiative Patient Partner Committee

Legacy for Airway Health is striving to become a center of excellence in research and care in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma in BC. We are looking for patient partners to become members of a Patient Partners Committee to participate in the governance and operations of the Legacy.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: June 10, 2019

Member, Care Experience Advisory Committee

Providence Health Care has re-envisioned our Care Experience Advisory Committee. We are looking for more patient partners from the Lower Mainland and across the province to join this group in providing oversight and direction on person- and family-centred care to the organization.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: June 17, 2019

Member, BC Mental Health and & Substance Use Services Policy Review Team

Each day, health care providers rely on policies to provide safe, equitable, quality health care. In order to ensure that those poilicies are consistent with what matters to patients and families, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services are seeking two patient partners to assist in making these policies stronger.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: June 17, 2019

Member, Palliative Care for Patients With Kidney Disease Working Group

Would you be interested in reviewing materials for patients who currently have not chosen to pursue transplant or dialysis? BC Renal is looking for patients and caregivers to provide feedback on resources for patients who have chosen conservative care. We’d love to hear from you!

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: June 25, 2019

Patient Partner, Costs of Travelling for Surgical Care Rural Working Group

Those in rural communities often have to travel to receive surgical and obstetrical services. Help develop and deliver a survey so the Rural Surgical and Obstetrical Network can better understand these costs.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: June 27, 2019
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

Study Participant, Developing Quality Measures for Palliative Care

Fraser and Interior Health Authorities are involved in a research project to understand what matters to people when it comes to community-based palliative care and end-of-life services. Patient partners are needed for an interview to help determine what should be measured to capture the quality of these services!

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Valley and Interior Health regions
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Deadline: June 15, 2019

Member, Incorrect Surgical Counts Working Group

Are you interested in promoting patient safety in the operating room? St. Paul’s Hospital is looking for a patient partner to join their working group to review surgery processes/protocols when an incorrect count of sponges, instruments and needles is encountered at the end of a surgery. Would you like to participate in making sure that no objects are retained, whilst at the same time minimizing delays in the operating room, reducing prolonged anesthesia and the need for unnecessary x-rays? If yes, this may be the opportunity for you!

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
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Deadline: June 28, 2019

Member, Shared Care Regional Radiology Initiative Working Group

Your perspectives and patient experiences are needed! Are you interested in ensuring timely, fair access to diagnostic imaging, and preventing patients from ‘falling through the cracks’ by missing additional findings? If so, consider joining the Regional Radiology Working Group to help us streamline patient access.

Open to: Patient partners in Providence Health Care communities
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Deadline: June 30, 2019
Interior Region

Study Participant, Developing Quality Measures for Palliative Care

Fraser and Interior Health Authorities are involved in a research project to understand what matters to people when it comes to community-based palliative care and end-of-life services. Patient partners are needed for an interview to help determine what should be measured to capture the quality of these services!

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Valley and Interior Health regions
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Deadline: June 15, 2019

Member, Shuswap North Okanagan Collaborative Services Committee

Share your passion and perspective on improvements to health care in the Shuswap North Okanagan! We welcome two patient partners to become valued members of the Shuswap North Okanagan Collaborative Services Committee. Your voices will help to identify opportunities to improve how the public may access quality care in their community across all ages and needs. If you enjoy thinking strategically and collaboratively, and can offer your enthusiasm, creativity, patience and time, please consider this volunteer opportunity!

Open to: Patient partners in the Shuswap North Okanagan
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Deadline: June 20, 2019

Member, Mental Health and Substance Use Working Group

Interior Health wants to make it easier for everyone to know who is involved in people’s care! The Mental Health & Substance Use Services working group needs a patient partner member to help us find the best way to make it clear who people’s care providers are.

Open to: Patient partners across Interior Health
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Deadline: June 26, 2019

Member, Focus Group for Interior Health Accreditation

In the fall, Accreditation Canada will be conducting an on-site survey of Interior Health to assess our services against national standards. This focus group provides the opportunity for an Accreditation Canada surveyor to gain patient and family perspective about how Interior Health works with patients and families to plan, improve and provide care.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior Health region
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Deadline: July 8, 2019

Participant, Kamloops Home Health Patient and Family Information Package Team

Kamloops Home Health is revamping its patient and family information package. We’re seeking Home Health clients and family members to provide input into the package contents to ensure that they are cost-effective and relevant to patient and family needs.

Open to: Patient partners in Kamloops
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Deadline: July 17, 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: August 13, 2019
Northern Region

Member, Dawson Creek and District Hospital Redevelopment Capital Project Advisory Committee

Are you interested in participating in the business planning stage of redeveloping Dawson Creek and District Hospital? The role of the patient partner will be to work alongside committee members so that a detailed analysis of the project can be submitted to the Ministry of Health for approval later this year. If you enjoy thinking strategically and collaboratively, and can offer your enthusiasm, creativity, patience and time, please consider this engagement opportunity!

Open to: Patient partners in the Dawson Creek area
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Deadline: June 10, 2019

Participant, System Development Integrating Primary and Community Care for Primary Care Networks

Would you like to work with the Northern Interior Rural Division of Family Practice to test virtual interactions with providers (using hypothetical clinical scenarios) and review network connections/technology used? If the answer is yes, this could be the opportunity for you!

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern region
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Deadline: June 28, 2019

Member, Child and Youth Mental Health Scientific Advisory Group

Looking for a reservation-based First Nations patient partner willing to share experiences with partners in child and youth mental health  services as a member of the Scientific Advisory Group. The aim of the group is to identify areas of shared concern and prioritize actions to establish a shared vision for improving child and youth mental health in the North. Help this work move forward in a good way that reaches all northern families accessing or requiring child & youth mental health support!

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern region
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Deadline: July 3, 2019
Vancouver Island Region

Attendee, Educational Workshop: Data-Driven Improvement

Measurement and the effective use of data are cornerstones of any improvement effort, from incremental changes to radical transformations, but it can be difficult to know where to begin. This workshop explores how data can be used to drive the improvements we wish to see – setting up measurement systems that work, analyzing data to uncover new insights and monitoring improvements over time.

Open to: Patient partners on Vancouver Island
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Deadline: June 26, 2019

Member, Comox Valley Primary Care Network Steering Committee

The Comox Valley Primary Care Network is moving ahead with a new governance model and a steering committee is being formed. We’re seeking two patient partner strategic thinkers who can see the big picture and bring the patient voice in a collaborative fashion.

Open to: Patient partners in the Comox Valley area

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Deadline: June 28, 2019