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

Reviewer, Patient Resources on Preparing to Stop Dialysis

Would you be interested in reviewing materials for patients who are currently on a life-sustaining dialysis treatment? BC Renal is looking for patients or caregivers to provide feedback on resources for patients who might be considering stopping dialysis. We’d love to hear from you!

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

Member, Integrated Palliative Nephrology Working Group

We need your help to improve palliative care for those living with kidney disease! BC Renal is looking for patients or family caregivers to work with kidney care professionals in advancing palliative care for those living with chronic kidney disease in BC. If you are interested in improving the quality of care at end of life for your peers, come and join us!

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

Participant, Infection Control Medical Student Interviews

Have you been put under infection control precautions, sometimes know as isolation? This is your opportunity to inform medical students about what this experience was like for you. You will be helping to raise the next generation of medical physicians to be more in tune with the patient experience.

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

Attendee, First Nations Health Benefits Transition Focus Group

The First Nations Health Authority invites their clients to participate in a two-hour focus group to give specific feedback on dental, vision and medical supplies and equipment benefits. Join this conversation to help guide the new plan design!

Open to: First Nations Health Authority clients from across the province
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Deadline: February 28, 2019

Member, BC Emergency Medicine Network Clinical Resources Committee

Each year in BC, over 1,400 emergency practitioners respond to approximately 2.3 million patient visits in 108 emergency departments and diagnostic and treatment centres. We’re looking for patient partners who would like to use their experience to ensure patients have access to care that is built upon a foundation of person-centred care!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: March 4, 2019

Advisor, Understanding Exercise, Leg Pain and High Cholesterol Research Project

Are you interested in using exercise to help lower cholesterol levels? Help us find out why having high cholesterol can cause leg pain that prevents people from exercising. Together we can help people reduce leg pain and get back to their exercise routines!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: March 4, 2019

Patient Advisor, Trauma Tiers of Service Working Group

The Provincial Health Services Authority is developing a provincial plan for how hospital trauma care for severely injured patients and their families is provided across BC. We are looking for a patient who has received care for a physical trauma or a major injury or who has been a caregiver to someone who experienced a physical trauma to advise us about their experience of the system and how they think it could be improved.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: March 7, 2019

Member, BC Health Care Awards Judging Panel

Health Employers Association of BC is looking for two patient partners to be part of the judging team for the 2019 BC Health Care Awards. Our independent panel of judges, who review nominations and select award recipients in 5 categories, is a key strength of our awards program.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: March 11, 2019
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

Advisor, Value of the Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic Pilot Research Project

How are we doing with palliative care? St. Paul’s Hospital is running a study to evaluate their new outpatient palliative care clinic, and we need people who have experience of any kind in palliative, end-of-life or hospice care (as a patient or loved one) to help ensure we do this research well.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland
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Deadline: February 22, 2019

Member, Langley Memorial Hospital Patient Advisory Council

Fraser Health is looking for energetic, community-minded patients and families who can contribute their voice to the improvement of hospital services in Langley. They are seeking six patient partners to help co-design their patient advisory council so that what matters to patients is at the forefront of work happening at Langley Memorial Hospital.

Open to: Patient partners in the Langley area

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Deadline: February 25, 2019

Patient Advisor, Developing a Patient Medical Home

We are a group of family physicians in Vancouver who recognize that there is a high number of patients without family physicians in the area and throughout BC. We are working on a model of primary care delivery that we hope will serve both patients and physicians better than existing practices and health care delivery models. We can’t do it alone — we need you as patients to tell us how primary care and family physicians can better meet your health care needs.

Open to: Patient partners from East Vancouver
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Deadline: February 25, 2019

Patient Partner, Delta Hospital Community Health Services

Delta Health Services is looking for two patient partners who have a passion for improving health care services in their home community. Patient partners have the opportunity to take on as many activities as they like and work as a team to support each other.

Open to: Patient partners in the Delta area
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Deadline: February 28, 2019

Patient Advisor, Critical Care Network Steering Committee

Every patient intensive care units across Fraser Health wants to have timely, appropriate, effective and safe care. Fraser Health is committed to providing excellent person-centred care and is seeking two patient partners to co-design quality improvement projects as members of their Critical Care Network.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: February 28, 2019

Patient Advisor, Critical Care Mentorship Through Telemedicine Project

Ensuring that doctors have the education and mentoring necessary to provide good quality care for critically ill patients means they must keep up with the quickly expanding field of critical illness care. A team at Chilliwack General Hospital are seeking two patient advisors with lived experience in critical illness to help design an enhanced education and mentoring system for internal medicine doctors.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: February 28, 2019

Speaker, Providence Health Care New Employee Orientation

Providence Health Care invites you to share your stories about being a patient at St. Paul’s Hospital or another site to help stimulate a culture change by highlighting how patient experiences are fundamental to employee practices. If you are comfortable speaking to a group of eager new members of the Providence Health Care team, this could be the opportunity for you!

Open to: Patient partners in Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
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Deadline: March 1, 2019

Attendee, Engage to Improve Workshop

Are you looking for fun and engaging ways to facilitate engagement? Do you want to surface the best ideas for the problems you’re facing today? If you answered yes to these questions, then this workshop on Liberating Structures is for you!

Open to: Patient partners from the Lower Mainland region
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Deadline: March 4, 2019

Patient Advisor, MEDITECH Expanse Executive Governance Committee

In today’s world, people use technology each day for banking and other critical lifestyle supports. Fraser Health is focused on how to effectively use technology that supports excellent complex health care services and is seeking two patient advisors to join their MEDITECH Governance Committee.

Open to: Patient partners from Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: March 8, 2019

Patient Advisor, People and Culture Advisory Council

The patient and clinician experience is a human experience. Fraser Health is embarking on a journey to support the human experience for clinicians and patients and are seeking patients that are enthusiastic about sharing their passion for a remarkable culture of care.

Open to: Patient partners from Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: March 8, 2019
Interior Region

Participant, Patient Reference Group, Central Interior Rural area

Do you have an interest in participating in innovative health care redesign projects and partnering with health care leaders? We are looking for seven patient partners to support work with respect to our health services in the Central Interior Rural Service area.

Open to: Patient partners from the Cariboo Chilcotin area
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Deadline: Open until filled

Member, Penticton Health Centre Waiting Area Design Team

Penticton Health Centre wants to improve the layout of its waiting areas so that they are more inviting for patients and they want your help to design these spaces!

Open to: Patient partners from the Penticton area
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Deadline: February 20, 2019

Patient Advisor, Cardiac Services

Interior Health’s Cardiac Services is growing and we want to partner with you to embed your valuable feedback into our processes and programs! We are looking for several volunteers interested in participating in playing an active role in program meetings at Kelowna General Hospital. Patients partners will help improve our patient teaching materials and patient journey through different procedures by providing feedback and shaping program improvements.

Open to: Patient partners from the Kelowna area

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Deadline: March 4, 2019

Member, Specialized Community Service Programs Patient Advisory Committee

Have your voice heard! Support Interior Health in exploring new approaches to health care, especially for patients with complex health problems who may be medically frail, through this patient advisory committee on specialized community service programs.

Open to: Patient partners from the South Okanagan area
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Deadline: March 4, 2019

Member, Patient Care Tower Design Team

Royal Inland Hospital is gathering together a team that will work closely with the chosen construction company in the design of the spaces, furniture and interior of the new patient care tower at the hospital. The team will consist of diverse stakeholders to allow for many perspectives to enhance the design work. You are invited to bring the patient perspective to this exciting project!

Open to: Patient partners from Kamloops and surrounding areas
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Deadline: March 6, 2019
Northern Region

Participant, Palliative Care Needs Assessment Interview

Would you like to be involved in developing change in palliative care services in Terrace? This opportunity allows you to do so through participating in a one-on-one interview of patient needs assessment and understanding current strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Open to: Patient partners from Northwest region
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Deadline: March 8, 2019

Reviewer, Palliative Care Needs Assessment Materials

Help inform change in palliative care services in Terrace by using your patient perspective as you review a needs assessment with the goal to understand current strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Open to: Patient partners from Northwest region
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Deadline: March 8, 2019

Member, Perinatal Program Council

Have you given birth within the last five years? Do you have an interest in helping to improve the quality of perinatal – prenatal, delivery and postpartum – services as part of an ongoing advisory council?

Open to: Patient partners from the Northern region
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Deadline: March 31, 2019
Vancouver Island Region

Participant, Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project

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 so, this might be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!

Open to: Patient partners in the Cowichan Valley area
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Deadline: February 22, 2019

Patient Assessors, Site Environmental Assessments

Good environments matter. Island Health believes that everyone should be cared for with compassion and dignity within a clean, safe environment.  This an opportunity for patient partners to have a stronger voice in shaping environments that promote exceptional experiences for all who live, visit or work within Island Health care facilities.  If you have an interest in having a positive contribution to continuous improvement in non-clinical support services (such as building maintenance, housekeeping, food services), this one is for you!

Open to: Patient partners across the Island Health region

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Deadline: March 8, 2019