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

St. Paul’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit Patient & Family Centred Care Committee

St. Paul’s Hospital is looking for patient and family perspectives to guide initiatives occurring in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). If you have had a recent ICU care experience and are interested in quality improvement projects looking at topics such as safety and comfort in the waiting room, diary notebooks, open visitation, and room signage, read on!

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: Open until filled

Patient Advisory Panel, BC Primary Health Care Research Network

Are you interested in improving health care and helping to ensure the perspectives and priorities of patient and families are reflected in research into primary health care? If so, read on to learn more about the BC Primary Health Care Research Network’s Patient Advisory Panel.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: May 26, 2017

Adult Mental Health Services Project with BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

Do you have an interest in working to improve the highest level of bed based mental health services for adults across the province? Your lived experience is valuable in helping improve tertiary mental health in BC.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: May 29, 2017

Focus Group Member – Taking a Food First Approach to Managing Chronic Diseases

A new not-for-profit institute in BC is interested in receiving input from patient partners to help shape the programs and services they build in support of patients and their health care providers who choose a “food first” approach.

Open to: Patient Partners across the province

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Deadline: June 3, 2017
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

Patient Speakers, Employee Orientations

Do you have an experience of care at a Providence Health facility that you think that can highlight a ‘teachable moment’ for healthcare providers? Help to stimulate a culture change by highlighting how patient experiences are fundamental to employee practices.

Open to: Patient partners across the Lower Mainland
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Deadline: Open until filled

Rehabilitation Post Discharge Follow-up

Was the transition from receiving care in a rehabilitation facility to your home smooth, or were there some bumps? Do you have ideas on how it could have been better? Providence Health would love to have you as part of their team!

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

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Deadline: Open until filled

Patient Advisor, Seniors Active Lifestyle Survey Design

Maintaining an active lifestyle is a vital part of any seniors’ health and well-being and their desire for continued independence. To understand how technology could be used to support what movements would help seniors accomplish this goal is the purpose of a comprehensive survey currently being designed by a team of researchers at Simon Fraser University. They are looking to team up with seniors, or those that care for seniors, to assist with the design of this survey.

Open to: Patient partners in Surrey, Delta, Burnaby, White Rock and/or Abbotsford

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Deadline: May 25, 2017

Interview Panel Training and Pool for Patient Partners

Are you interested in helping interview applicants for jobs at Providence Health Care? Come join our training session so you can be part of the interview team and engage in the hiring process!

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

Member, Providence Health Quality, Care Experience, Patient Safety & Clinical Risk Management Committee

Safety, quality & risk – Oh My! Big topics with big implications for the patient experience. This fast-paced, executive level committee at Providence Health Care needs a boost of patient perspective to help identify and develop strategic directions for safety in the health care environment.

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

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Deadline: May 31, 2017

Patient Partner, Fraser Health Infection Prevention & Control Program

According to the World Health Organization, hundreds of millions of patients are affected by health care-associated infections worldwide each year, leading to significant mortality and financial losses for health systems. To address this critical public health issue, Fraser Health has a dedicated team that designs a variety of quality improvement projects and programs to reduce health care-associated infections. They are now seeking four patient partners to work with this team across a variety of projects over the next year.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities who are able to travel to Central City, Surrey, for meetings.
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Deadline: June 1, 2017

Committee Member – Burnaby Hospital Patient Navigation Team

Improving the quality of services and establishing strong partnerships with patients are the goals of Burnaby Hospital. Through their Patient Navigation Team they hope to involve patient partners as they tackle a variety of quality and safety improvement projects that increase patient- and family- centred care across the hospital.

Open to: Patient partners around Burnaby with patient or caregiver experience with Burnaby Hospital (more…)

Deadline: June 3, 2017

Project Advisor, Hand Hygiene Quality Improvement Project

Put your ideas to work on how to increase patient hand hygiene in hospitals by providing your input into a quality improvement project that aims to increase patient knowledge of the importance of patient hand hygiene in preventing healthcare acquired infections. This team is looking to test some ideas, with patient input, that influence change in health care providers, visitors and patients.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: June 3, 2017

Educational Workshop: Design Sprint, BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

If you want to take your solutions and ideas to new heights, then the Design Sprint workshop is for you! In this workshop, knowledge around innovation & design thinking will be shared and you will be provided with an opportunity to take some innovative approaches for a test run. Participants will explore the design thinking process, and learn how to apply various tools & techniques to a wide range of contexts. If you are interested in attending this interactive workshop offered by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, please read further.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley region
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Deadline: June 6, 2017
Interior Region

Rapid Process Improvement: Quick Response Team | RIH Emergency Department

Do you have a passion to help get elderly patients through the emergency department in a timely manner? If so, come and support our rapid improvement workshop in-part or in-full in June!

Open to: Patient partners who access Royal Inland Hospital for emergency services
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Deadline: May 17, 2017

Judge, Quality Awards 2018

Help the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council celebrate inspiring people and projects that have improved BC’s health system!

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior Health region

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Deadline: May 23, 2017

Inter-Divisional Strategic Council Member

Do you have an interest in being part of the forefront of health care change with a focus on primary care development within Interior Health? As an equal partner at the table, the patient is a respected contributor to the discussions.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior region
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Deadline: May 29, 2017

Kootenay Boundary Collaborative Services Committee

Do you thrive in the world of possibility and ambiguity? Do you enjoy working with high level systems thinkers to tackle the wicked health care problems in our area and improve health care services?

Open to: Patient partners in the Kootenay Boundary area
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Deadline: May 31, 2017

Kelowna General Hospital Discharge Improvement Workshop

Do you have an interest in helping improve the discharge process from a medical unit? Would you like to be involved in ensuring patient centred concerns are considered when improving what happens once the doctor has written a discharge order from the hospital? Please volunteer to join us!

Open to: Patient partners in the Kelowna area
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Deadline: June 2, 2017

Patient -and Family- Centred Care Steering Committee

Dignity and respect are key components of patient -and family- centred care, so Interior Health welcomes one additional patient partner from across the Interior Region to join their steering committee.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior Health region
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Deadline: June 5, 2017
Northern Region

To learn about available volunteer opportunities in the Northern Region, please contact:

 

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern BC
250.615.9932
calmost@bcpsqc.ca

Anthony Gagné
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern Interior
250.961.5156
agagne@bcpsqc.ca

Vancouver Island Region

Focus Group Participants, Care Plan Development Tool

Having a care plan that reflects the needs of patients is an important part of patient and family-centred care! Island Health is seeking your feedback as they strive to improve care planning across the region.

Open to: Patient partners in the Greater Victoria region
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Deadline: May 28, 2017

Advisors, North Island Hospital Transition

Are you interested in being part of the team leading the exciting transition to new hospitals in Campbell River and Courtenay? If so, read on!

Open to: Patient partners in the North East island area (Nanaimo and North) with an emphasis on those who live in and around the Campbell River and Comox Valley regions.
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Deadline: June 1, 2017

Steering Committee Member, Cowichan District Hospital Concept Plan

Do you rely on the Cowichan District Hospital to provide high quality care to you, your family and community? Do you feel committed to ensuring that patient and family perspectives are considered in early plans for a new hospital in the Cowichan Valley? If you answered “YES!” to both questions, this might be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!

Open to: Patient partners in the Cowichan Valley (Duncan, Lake Cowichan, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Mill Bay, and Shawnigan Lake areas)
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Deadline: June 4, 2017