Engagement Opportunities

We are closely following the COVID-19 pandemic and recognize that during this time, some engagement opportunities may not proceed in their original timelines due to the system’s response. Please contact your Engagement Leader if you have any questions or concerns. We thank you for taking steps to keep yourself, your community and your loved ones safe and healthy.

For accurate, up-to-date COVID-19 information, please refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control. The Ministry of Health has also developed a BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool that you can use to determine if you need further assessment or testing.

Open Opportunities:

PVN Internal

As the administer of Patient Voices Network, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (The Council), aims to keep patient and health care team partnerships at the heart of its work. As an organization dedicated to learning and accelerating improvements, the Council is working behind the scenes with our partners to improve how PVN functions.

PVN Internal opportunities provides patient partners with the option to be a part of growing and improving the network.

Health Care Partner Engagements

Patient Partner Research

In addition to the engagement opportunities offered by our health care partners, we support health researchers through our partnership with REACH BC.
REACH BC is a new online platform that connects researchers to the public and to patients who are interested in participating in health research opportunities. The platform will house an online listing of all recruiting health research projects and patient partner research opportunities. Patient partner research opportunities will be cross-posted here on our PVN website if requested by the health researcher.

External Engagements

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 out 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

Member, Rural Surgical and Obstetrical Networks (RSON) Evaluation Working Group

Would you like to work alongside a wide range of stakeholders to identify health care priorities and evaluate whether RSON is helping support surgical and obstetrical (maternity) care in rural communities of BC? If yes, this could be the opportunity for you!

Open to Patient partners from:
• Interior – Golden, Revelstoke, Creston, Fernie
• North – Smithers, Vanderhoof, Hazelton
Island – Port Alberni

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Deadline: November 1, 2020

Member, Health Technology Assessment Committee

Would you like to join the Health Technology Assessment Committee and work alongside people from the Ministry of Health, health authorities and academia in making informed decisions about which technologies should be publicly funded in the province? If you have a passion for health technologies (devices, diagnostics, clinical procedures etc.) this could be the opportunity for you!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: November 3, 2020

Participant, Virtual Workshop to Review Patient Information Sheets

The BC Emergency Medicine Network (BC EMN) is seeking 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 virtual workshop to provide your feedback, work with patient partners across the province and get to know the BC EMN!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: November 8, 2020

Patient Speaker, General Orientation – Providence Health Care

Knowing how health care provided by care teams impacts patients, families and caregivers is an important step to ensuring that it reflects what truly matters. Providence Health Care are seeking two patient partners to share their experience through their virtual clinician orientation program.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: November 10, 2020

Member, Palliative Care Primary Project Team

Palliative care is a sensitive subject and patient and family/caregiver experiences are sometimes not the best they could be.  Would you like to be a part of shaping the future of Palliative Care in the Interior? We are looking for two patient partners to join a project team to participate in discussions to improve processes, from defining patient and family/caregiver needs to creating a new model for palliative care.

Open to: Patient/caregiver and family partners from across BC

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Deadline: November 15, 2020

Contributor, Passport to Recovery Chronic Pain Pilot Project Focus Group

Have you ever thought it would be helpful to have a document with everything about your chronic pain in one place? Join the “Patient Passport to Recovery” focus group and help to develop a communication tool to improve quality and personalized care for patients with chronic pain. The passport will help patients set goals, keep track of progress and help them on the journey to improving function and quality of life.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: November 15, 2020

Participant, Primary Health Care Policy Development Online Dialogue Session

Help the Primary Health Care Teams Policy Project in improving the integrated health system for patients with complex needs living in BC! This research study will conduct an online discussion session with patients with two or more chronic health conditions, their family members or caregivers to co-create actions to increase patient engagement in policy.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: November 22, 2020
Fraser - Vancouver Coastal

Member, New Surrey Hospital & Cancer Centre Patient and Family Advisory Council

A new Surrey Hospital is being designed to be situated in Cloverdale and the project team needs your help to make sure the hospital reflects the changing needs of the growing community! Six patient partners are being sought to join their newly formed patient and family advisory council.

Open to: Patient partners from Fraser Health communities

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Deadline: November 4, 2020

Member, Practice Council – Fraser Health

Fraser Health is committed to improving the safety, appropriateness and quality of health care services across the region. Including the patients’ voice highlights the importance of mutually beneficial partnerships to improve health care. We are seeking 2-3 patient advisors to join our Practice Council.

Open to: Patient partners from Fraser Health communities

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Deadline: November 4, 2020

Member, Ambulatory Care Coordination Centre (ACCC)

Virtual care allows patients to receive care right in the comfort of their own home. Fraser Health is seeking two patient partners to join their Ambulatory Care Coordination Team as they ensure the best virtual health care is delivered to meet the needs of patients in the region.

Open to: Patient partners from Fraser Health communities

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Deadline: November 10, 2020
Interior

Patient Partner Interview, Involving Patients, Family, Caregivers in Mental Health Policy Activities

Help the Mental Health Policy Project in improving need-based mental health services for those who are 50 years and above living in the communities where medical services are provided by the Interior Health authorities. This research study will conduct interviews with patients with mental health issues, their family members or caregivers to understand their involvement in planning, implementing and evaluating mental health policies.

Open to: Patient partners across the Interior Health region

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Deadline: Open until filled

Member, Baby-Friendly Initiative Patient Review Group – Penticton

Having a healthy start to life increases the chance for infants to thrive and mothers to be supported through their care experience. Penticton Regional Hospital and Health Centre are seeking five patient partners to share their new parent experience as they work to enhance their Baby Friendly Project, supporting a health start for all Penticton babies.

Open to: Patient partners from Penticton area

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Deadline: October 27, 2020

Member, Local Health Planning Committee Team – Merritt

The Merritt Local Health Planning Committee is looking for 1-2 patient partners to join local physicians, First Nations, Interior Health and community health representatives in identifying specific health care priorities in the community.

Open to: Patient partners from Merritt area

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Deadline: October 28, 2020

Member, Palliative Care Advisory Group

Serious illness is a very difficult time for all involved and patient and family/caregiver experiences are sometimes not the best they could be.  Would you like to share your experience to help shape the future of palliative care in the Okanagan? As a member of the advisory group, you will have an opportunity to use your experience to make things better for others. The goal of the group is to develop a new model of palliative care and define future processes that better support patients and families in their journey.

Open to: Patient partners and families from Interior region

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Deadline: November 15, 2020

Member, Least Restraints Working Group

Interior Health is seeking a patient partner perspective in the review/revision process of the practice and supporting resources for Least Restraints to support safe and quality patient care.

Open to: Patient partners from Interior Health area

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Deadline: November 15, 2020
Northern

Participant, Indigenous Child and Youth Mental Health Feedback Group

Are you Indigenous and have experience with child and youth mental health for yourself or a family member. If so, are you interested in reviewing feedback on next steps to improve care?

Open to: Patient partners from Northern region

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Deadline: November 9, 2020
Vancouver Island

Patient Advisor, Comox Valley Primary Care Network (PCN) Measurement and Evaluation Working Group

Do you have knowledge, experience or an interest in data, information management or evaluation? Comox Valley Primary Care Network (PCN) has an opportunity for patient partners to support the development of an implementation and evaluation plan.

Open to: Patient partners from Comox Valley region

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Deadline: November 2, 2020

Patient Advisor, Comox Valley Primary Care Network (PCN) Team Based Care Working Group

Team-based primary care is coming to the Comox Valley through the development of a Primary Care Network. Are you interested in helping us develop an integrated primary health system for primary and community care that is person centred and delivers quality service experiences for individuals and their families? If yes, join our working group!

Open to: Patient partners from Comox Valley region

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Deadline: November 2, 2020

Member, Patient Flow Advisory Committee

Island Health is seeking a patient partner to participate in an executive-level Patient Flow Steering Committee. The committee provides leadership and oversight for Island Health capacity management and strategy development to ensure optimal patient flow process and improve transitions in care.

Open to: Patient partners across the Island Health region

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Deadline: November 2, 2020

Member, James Bay Urgent & Primary Care Centre Working Group

Accessing good, quality health care, close to home is important to everyone in the Greater Victoria area. The James Bay Urgent & Primary Care team are asking for two patient partners to work with them on how to make sure you receive the care you need, when you need it.

Open to: Patient partners from Greater Victoria – James Bay/Fairfield area

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Deadline: November 5, 2020

Patient Advisor, The Ladysmith Family Practice Clinic – Frailty, Linkages and Improved Outcomes for Seniors

As a patient advisor, you will be instrumental in redesigning how older adults with frailty are communicated with, assessed and connected to community resource supports in the Ladysmith area!

Open to: Patient partners in Ladysmith or Cowichan area
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Deadline: November 11, 2020