Engagement Opportunities

Here are 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.

Learn more about what it’s like to be involved in PVN, in the words of a patient partner.

Provincial Opportunities

Member, Provincial Nursing Network, Ministry of Health

The Provincial Nursing Network is looking to include the patient voice to help advise and inform on various matters related to nursing, such as optimizing scope of practice and advancing nursing practices. Do you have a mind for strategy and a keen interest in advancing the nursing profession? If so, we want to hear from you!

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

Member, Nursing Education Planning Council (NEPC), Ministry of Health

If you are a system level and innovative thinker with an interest in advancing nursing education in BC, your voice is needed! Join this council and contribute to high-level decision-focused discussions on the development of nursing education, by ensuring the group understands and considers the perspectives of patients, families, and communities.

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

Patient Partner Representative, PVN Oversight and Advisory Committee

We’ve got an exciting opportunity to share with you: four openings are available for patient partner representatives to join the Oversight and Advisory Committee for the Patient Voices Network.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: September 19, 2018

Participant, Surgical Priority Setting Process Consultation, Ministry of Health

Do you have 90 minutes free over the lunch hour on Friday September 28? Your participation is needed in a teleconference consultation for the Ministry of Health to inform a new approach for prioritizing surgical procedures in the province. If you or a loved one has experienced a wait time for surgery, the Ministry wants to learn from your opinions and reflections.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: September 24, 2018

Reviewer, Patient Safety Disclosure Survey

The Provincial Health Service Authority would like your help in reviewing a patient survey that is designed to ask patients what matters most when health care providers disclose a patient safety event to the public.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: September 24, 2018

Member, Provincial Critical Care Working Group

Do you have a mind for strategy with a keen interest for improving accessibility, safety, and effectiveness of care for critically ill patients across the province? Join this working group to help improve quality of care for these patients.

Open to: Patient partners across BC
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Deadline: October 15, 2018

Interviewee, Focus Group on Health Technology for Cryptogenic Stroke Patients

Some strokes happen to people for unknown reasons; this is sometimes called cryptogenic stroke. The University of British Columbia is interested in interviewing 20 cryptogenic stroke patients that have used an implantable cardiac monitor or holter monitor for their recovery to better understand their experiences.

Open to: Patient partners from across the province
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Deadline: November 15, 2018
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

Participant, Ambulance Transfer Safety Consultation

Paramedics work to save lives and move people into and out of ambulances several times a day. If you or a loved one has received care from paramedics, join us for a discussion on how we could improve the process of patient transfers into ambulances and improve safety and care.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: September 13, 2018

Member, Hospital Pharmacist Awareness Campaign Committee

Canadian Hospital Pharmacists of BC is working to spread awareness and understanding to the general public about the roles of pharmacy teams in hospital settings. We are looking for patient volunteers to join our committee meetings in the Vancouver area. Help us spread the word on how pharmacy teams can help improve patient care and outcomes.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
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Deadline: September 18, 2018

Member, Mental Health Interprofessional Substance Use Program Advisory Group

St. Paul’s Hospital envisions a future of an enhanced Mental Health and Addictions model of care. You are invited to join an interactive advisory group with Mental Health Team members and Transformation and Redevelopment Team members in creating a plan to pilot the future state model of care!

Open to: Patient partners in Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
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Deadline: September 21, 2018

Member, St. Paul’s Hospital Medicine Program Quality & Safety Committee

Have you or a family member recently received follow-up care in the outpatient setting? Join this committee that works on safety and quality improvement of outpatient care at St. Paul’s Hospital!

Open to: Patient partners in Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
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Deadline: September 21, 2018

Member, “Red and Green Bed Days” Program Working Group

Help St. Paul’s Hospital’s Cardiovascular Surgical Ward adapt an award-winning care improvement initiative to assist in the identification of wasted time in a patient’s journey. If you or a loved one has had cardiovascular surgery, this could the working group for you!

Open to: Patient partners in Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
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Deadline: September 21, 2018

Patient Advisor and Speaker, Early Serious Illness Conversations Project

Have you had a family member with a serious illness admitted to the hospital? Did the hospital care providers explore goals, fears, priorities, acceptable trade-offs, and family understanding of the illness? Help our research project to improve early engagement in serious illness conversations at St. Paul’s Hospital, so that patients’ voices are heard and they’re treated how they want to be treated.

Open to: Patient partners in Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
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Deadline: September 26, 2018

Advisor, Research on Reporting Workplace Violence in Acute Psychiatry

Workplace safety for health care providers in acute mental health settings is a priority for Providence Health Care.  If you are interested in working with researchers to improve the ways nurses report workplace violence events, this may be the opportunity for you.

Open to: Patient partners in Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
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Deadline: September 26, 2018

Member, Royal Columbian Hospital Safety Starts with Me Focus Group

Improving the quality of a patient’s experience, while in hospital after surgery, includes being able to bathe and walk. How does a care team support patients to be more confident and motivated to take the lead in making this happen? The Quality Improvement Team at Royal Columbian Hospital are seeking five patient partners to provide input into answering this important question, and others through a focus group in October.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: September 29, 2018

Member, Primary and Community Care Policy Implementation Committee

With the introduction of primary care networks across the province, the Ministry of Health is forming a new policy implementation committee to oversee the various aspects of getting these networks started around the province. If you have a passion for primary care and experience participating in committees, this opportunity could be for you!

Open to: Patient partners in Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley and South Vancouver Island (more…)

Deadline: October 1, 2018
Interior Region

Member, Patient & Family Advisory Council for Royal Inland Hospital Intensive Care Unit

Integrating the patient and family voice into patient experience improvements of intensive care services in Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) is a priority for all involved in this work. Lend your voice and partner with the team at RIH as part of their Intensive Care Unit Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior region
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Deadline: Open until filled

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

Patient Speaker, Adult Mental Health Services Physician Education

Creating timely and effective adult mental health services are a priority for Williams Lake physicians. They are seeking one patient partner to share their experience on what has worked well and what can be improved for patients and families.

Open to: Patient partners in the Williams Lake area
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Deadline: September 20, 2018

Patient Speaker, Infection Prevention and Control Education Day

The BC chapter of Infection Prevention and Control Canada is holding their annual conference in Kelowna and would like a patient partner to speak about their own or a family member’s experience with infection.

Open to: Patient partners in Kelowna and the surrounding area
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Deadline: September 22, 2018

Interviewee, Rae Fawcett Breast Health Clinic Evaluation

Join us in making the Rae Fawcett Breast Health Clinic the best it can be! We would like to interview anyone who has been through the new Royal Inland Hospital breast health clinic to learn how we can best meet patient and family needs going forward.

Open to: Patient partners who have accessed the Rae Fawcett Breast Health Clinic at Royal Inland Hospital
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Deadline: September 25, 2018
Northern Region

Patient Speaker, Quality Improvement Patient Panel

Are you interested in sharing what matters to you with Northern Health staff who are studying quality improvement? The ideal patient partner is able to share a recent experience that happened to them and discuss how they felt, communicated and received care.

Open to: Patient partners from Terrace and Prince George

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Deadline: September 21, 2018

Member, Mills Memorial Hospital Redevelopment Community Advisory Committee

Are you interested in being part of a consultation about the new Mills Memorial Hospital redevelopment? Join this advisory group to help administration gather public input to guide the conversation.

Open to: Patient partners in Terrace and surrounding areas

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Deadline: September 25, 2018
Vancouver Island Region

Member, Health Authority Medical Quality Committee

If you are a thoughtful communicator who is willing to use your experience to contribute to high-level, decision-focused discussions on quality improvement, this is for you! Patient partners are needed to join senior leaders as members of Island Health’s Medical Quality Committee, which works to identify the best way to deliver care using current evidence, address gaps in care & support implementation of improvement to care.

Open to: Patient partners across the Island Health region

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Deadline: September 14, 2018

Member, Wayfinding Review Work Group

Island Health is reviewing the signage in the new Comox Valley Hospital Emergency Department. We are looking for volunteers to do a walk-through and offer feedback on how our wayfinding signage is working.

Open to: Patient partners from Comox Valley and area

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Deadline: September 17, 2018

Member, Trauma Quality Structure Committees

Trauma, and the continuum of care for those involved in trauma, is broad: it includes injury and violence prevention; sexual assault services; trauma injury care activities; and rehabilitation.  Island Health is redesigning its Trauma Program governance structure and seeks the patient voice to ensure that the system is designed in a way that meets the needs of patients, families and communities. If you have personal or family experience with trauma care, read on to see if this is the right fit for you!

Open to: Patient partners from across the Island Health region

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Deadline: September 21, 2018

Member, Island Health Patient Advisory Council

Island Health is seeking patients and family members who would like to join the Island Health Patient Advisory Council. As a member of the council, you can share your experiences and ideas, and provide recommendations to help shape improvements to patient experience and care delivery!

Open to: Patient partners across the Island Health region

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Deadline: September 28, 2018

Member, Primary and Community Care Policy Implementation Committee

With the introduction of primary care networks across the province, the Ministry of Health is forming a new policy implementation committee to oversee the various aspects of getting these networks started around the province. If you have a passion for primary care and experience participating in committees, this opportunity could be for you!

Open to: Patient partners in Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley and South Vancouver Island (more…)

Deadline: October 1, 2018

Attendee, Educational Workshop — Design Thinking: A Human-Centred Approach to Health Care Improvement

If you want to take your solutions and ideas to new heights, join us at Design Thinking: A Human-Centred Approach to Health Care Improvement! We will curate recent knowledge around innovation and design thinking, and provide the opportunity to apply design thinking methodology to real-life health care challenges. This interactive session will help you do things differently!

Open to: Patient partners from the Vancouver Island region
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Deadline: October 5, 2018