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

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

Content Advisor, Doctors of BC Practice Support Program

Doctors of BC is searching for a patient partner or caregiver who has lived experience with a substance use disorder who has had experiences with the health care system to help develop and improve education sessions for doctors.

Open to: Patient partners from across the province, especially the Lower Mainland
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Deadline: November 26, 2018

Guest Speaker, Doctors of BC Specialist Symposium

A patient’s story has the power to move people and influence actions. Doctors of BC is seeking a patient partner to share their experience of the challenges of coordinating care across multiple health care providers at an upcoming medical specialist symposium in Vancouver.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: December 1, 2018

Member, Patient & Family Engagement Framework Working Group

Are you interested in enhancing patient and family engagement in the kidney care community? Your perspective will help the BC Renal Agency develop a framework to guide patient engagement in the agency’s committees and key activities.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: December 7, 2018

Participant, Strategic Discussion on Quality

Stakeholders across BC will be gathering together to discuss broadening our vision of health and quality to include an Indigenous wellness lens. We want to hear and learn from you!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: December 13, 2018

Participant, PHSA Patient Safety Disclosure Survey

The Provincial Health Service Authority would like you to complete a survey to learn about 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: December 15, 2018
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

Member, Patient Stabilization and Support Project Working Group

Take part in an innovative partnership between Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health! They need your help to develop a brand new service that will help address the needs of patients in the comfort of their own homes rather than in the hospital.

Open to: Patient partners in Vancouver
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Deadline: November 16, 2018

Attendee, Providence Health Care Desired Future State Focus Groups

Providence Health Care is developing a seven-year strategic plan for 2019 – 2026 — one that articulates our desired future state, is driven by our mission, and brings value to those we serve. Spend an evening with us to answer a few questions about Providence’s vision, culture, uniqueness and how we further build our reputation as a world-class organization. Your participation will ensure that the patient voice is part of our plan for the future!

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

Member, BC Primary Health Care Research Network Patient Advisory Board

Having good primary health care in communities is an important part of the health care puzzle. The BC Primary Health Care Research Network is seeking three patient partners to oversee provincial and national health research to help health care leaders focus their limited resources for better primary care across the province.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley
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Deadline: November 20, 2018

Reviewer, Secure Room Guideline for Acute Psychiatry

Providence Health Care is updating their seclusion practice guideline for acute psychiatric settings and needs patient feedback to ensure the creation of a safe and person-centered best practice guideline! Read on to learn more about how to participate.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
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Deadline: November 23, 2018

Attendee, Data-Driven Improvement Educational Workshop

Measurement and the effective use of data are cornerstones of any improvement effort, from incremental changes to radical transformations, but it can be difficult to know where to begin. Patient partners are invited to attend a workshop that explores how data can be used to drive the improvements we wish to see: setting up measurement systems that work, analyzing data to uncover new insights and monitoring improvements over time.

Open to: Patient partners in Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley region

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Deadline: November 27, 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

Member, Maternity Care Team

Interior Health and maternity care providers would love to hear patient perspectives to help design a new model of maternity care over the course of several in-person meetings. This new model will continue to support the amazing care that parents and babies receive today and ensure this level of excellence continues into the future for those living in Kamloops and our surrounding communities.

Open to: Patient partners in Kamloops
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Deadline: As soon as possible

Participant, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Acute to Community Improvement Workshop

Patients have a voice! Interior Health is committed to safe quality care of patients and families and want to hear from you! This quality improvement workshop will help improve the patient experience, their care, and their health care journey home from the hospital.

Open to: Patient partners in Vernon and the surrounding area
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Deadline: November 20, 2018

Member, Surgical Optimization Project Working Group

Are you a patient with diabetes who has undergone elective surgery at Penticton Regional Hospital? We want to hear about your journey to inform a project aimed at improving care for patients with poor glycemic control.

Open to: Patient partners from the South Okanagan area
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Deadline: November 20, 2018

Member, Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Steering Committee

Interior Health is looking for two patient partners to join their Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use steering committee. This committee meets monthly to focus on recommendations for the delivery and development of these services.

Open to: Patient partners across Interior Region
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Deadline: November 28, 2018
Northern Region

Participant, Hyperacute Stroke Collaborative

Northern Health is participating in a provincial collaborative with Stroke Services BC for hyperacute stroke care. We would like a patient partner to join our team to share their experiences and be involved in decision-making as we work to improve emergency stroke care.

Open to: Patient partners from Northern region

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Deadline: November 12, 2018

Attendee, Being an Effective Change Agent Educational Workshop

Are you itching to be the most effective change agent ever? Do you want to learn more about applying social movement and community organizing principles to the work you do? Are you keen to learn more about the latest digital and social media tools? If so, then we have the workshop for you!

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern region

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Deadline: November 21, 2018
Vancouver Island Region

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 from Island Health Region

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Deadline: November 20, 2018

Member, Intersections of Care Substance Use Working Group

Join health care teams in the Southern Gulf Islands in the creation of a new care model for managing substance use withdrawal and supporting patient recovery! This is a unique opportunity for a big picture-thinking team player with lived experience to help ensure the project is designed in a way that meets the needs of local patients, families and communities.

Open to: Patient partners from the Southern Gulf Islands

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Deadline: November 27, 2018