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

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, which administers PVN, aims to keep the patient perspective at the heart of its work. The Council has new engagement opportunities that invite patient partners to participate in projects it is leading to drive high-quality care in BC. We are excited to share these new opportunities with you, here under PVN Internal Opportunities.

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

Participant, Rural, Remote and Indigenous Citizens Perspective Group

You are invited to join a group of individuals from rural, remote and Indigenous communities to share your experience and perspective on topics relating to health care in British Columbia.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: July 10, 2020

Member, BC Cancer Working Group on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE)

Would you like the opportunity to work with BC Cancer to help them achieve their goal of providing a safe space for gender and sexual inclusivity? If yes, please consider completing an RSVP for this working group on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGIE).

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: July 11, 2020

Reviewer, Zoom Patient Experience Video

Doctors of BC is creating a short video for patients to explain how to attend a virtual doctor visit using Zoom. If you’re interested in improving the use of virtual care services and patients’ confidence using technology, we would like to hear from you!

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: July 12, 2020

Participant, Ambulance Design Focus Group

BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) are interested in hearing your experience of being transported in an ambulance. If you would like to provide feedback to improve ambulance design this could be the opportunity for you!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: July 15, 2020

Member, Quality and Safety Committee, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Can your voice speak to the lived experience of people in BC receiving treatment for mental health and substance use/addiction issues, people in custody or those who have been referred by the courts for assessment and treatment? BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) is looking for a patient partner to join the Quality and Patient Safety Committee and contribute to their work of ensuring the highest standards for patient safety and quality.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: August 2, 2020
Fraser - Vancouver Coastal

Member, Regional Primary Health Care and Chronic Disease Management Project Review

Having primary health care and chronic disease management meet the needs of patients and families with consistency and coordination across the region is the goal of this engagement. They are seeking two patient partners to assist with developing partnerships and identifying opportunities to improve how community members can access good, quality health care in their community, across all ages and needs.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health Communities
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Deadline: July 16, 2020

Member, Centre for Mental Health & Addictions – Partnerships in Care Committee

Improving the care of people with severe mental health and addictions is vital to a healthy British Columbia.   BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services is transforming the way they support people with lived experience, and their family members, across British Columbia.  The Partnerships in Care Committee is seeking patient and family voices in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of services directed at BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services.

Open to: Patient partners from Fraser – Vancouver Coastal Region

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Deadline: August 31, 2020
Interior

Experience Advisor, Interior Health Intensive Care Units

Interior Health Critical Care leaders strive to deliver quality person- and family-centred care in tragic and uncertain times. Through 1-hour conversations 3 times a year, we are seeking input from former Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients, families, and/or visitors to help us improve our practices and cultivate trusting relationships with our community members.

Open to: Patient partners in the communities of Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton, Trail and Cranbrook

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Deadline: Open until filled

Member, Quality Management Committee

Are you interested in patient safety? The Quality Management Committee is looking for an Aboriginal patient partner to attend a monthly meeting and provide a patient perspective.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior Health region
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Deadline: July 13, 2020

Patient Partner, Advancing Care Electronically Project – Interior Health

Royal Inland Hospital will be the first of the larger hospitals within Interior Health (IH) to be moving to an almost paperless electronic system for all documentation, ordering and communication. This will include development of information for patients throughout their stay and at discharge. Input is requested from patient partners to ensure the system developed meets the needs and ensures safety of patients and their family members.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior region

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Deadline: July 15, 2020

Participant, Interior Health Virtual Care Services: Patients and Clients Survey

Help make Interior Health’s Virtual Care Services webpage meet your needs!  Please review our webpage and complete a short survey.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior region

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Deadline: July 15, 2020

Member/Advisor, Emergency Services Network Mental Health Working Group

Emergency Services Network is seeking interested patient partners to participate in a Regional Collaborative Working Group/Committee to improve mental health care in Interior Health (IH) Emergency Departments.

Open to: Patient partners from the Interior Region

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Deadline: July 20, 2020
Northern

Reviewer, Medical Assistance in Dying Brochure – Northern Health

When patients and loved ones face the difficult decision of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), they need support with a compassionate hand and a kind heart. Northern Health would like to work with patient partners to adapt and revise a brochure that informs the public about MAID.

Open to: Patient partners from Northern Region

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Deadline: July 9, 2020

Participant, Hospital in the Home Working Group

If given the option, many individuals and families may prefer to receive care in the home instead of in a hospital. Be part of making this option a reality by planning a pilot program to deliver hospital level services in the home!

Open to: Patient partners from Northern Region

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Deadline: July 9, 2020
Vancouver Island

Member(s), COVID-19 Recovery Planning Steering Groups – Island Health

Island Health is creating new alignment across the organization to better serve distinct populations that have been particularly impacted through COVID-19. These steering groups will be accountable for recommending strategy to the organization that best supports enhanced resourcing and services for these populations.

Open to: Patient partners across Island Health

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Deadline: July 9, 2020

Member, Westshore Community Health Center Planning Committee

Community Health Centres (CHCs) are health care organizations that provide primary health care services to advance health equity and well-being for all communities. A CHC for the Westshore is in the planning phase, as part of the overall primary care reform strategy for the region. Their group is seeking one or more community member(s) with an interest in planning equity-oriented primary health care services!

Open to: Patient partners from Western Communities of Victoria (View Royal, Colwood, Langford, Metchosin, Highlands)

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Deadline: July 9, 2020

Member, Victoria Division of Family Practice and Island Health Primary Care Network, Decision Making Committee

Become a partner in the evolution of primary care services within the Victoria, Saanich, and Oak Bay regions! We are seeking patient partners who have personally received or supported a family member in receiving primary care and/or community services to join our working group and contribute to improvements in areas of access and communication for the above regions.

Open to: Patient partners from Victoria, Saanich, and Oak Bay Regions

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Deadline: July 13, 2020