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.

Provincial Opportunities

Member, Centre for Mental Health & Addictions – Stepping Stones Working Group

Improving the care of people with severe mental health issues and addictions is vital to a healthy British Columbia. BC Mental Health & Addictions is transforming the way they support people with lived experience, and their family members, across BC. The Stepping Stones Project Team is seeking people to join their working group as they plan support the development of client-centered programming and site development for their new residential facility, slated for opening on the Riverview grounds in 2020.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: July 27, 2018

Member, Provincial Patient Transfer Services Advisory Committee

Have you ever been transported by ambulance from one community to another either by air or ground? This committee is creating a provincial vision of how to best manage transfers. Join us to participate in discussions and decision-making as BC Emergency Health Services establishes new policies and processes.

Open to: Patient partners across the province
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Deadline: August 3, 2018

Reviewer, BC Emergency Health Services Patient Experience Survey

If you have called 911 or interacted with paramedics in an emergency situation, BC Emergency Health Services wants you to take 15 minutes to give your valuable input on a new survey tool.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

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Deadline: August 8, 2018
Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland Region

Member, Various Health Services Networks – Fraser Health

As many of you know, the need for smooth transitions between health care services is an important component of quality care.  Health Services Networks across the Fraser Health Region meet to discuss how these transitions can improve for patients and families, leading to better health care and patient experience.  If you have experience navigating the system from one sector to another (e.g., residential care or assisted living), your perspective and voice is needed in this network.

Open to: Patient partners from Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: Open until filled

Reviewer, Metabolic Syndrome Monitoring Project

Are you interested in assisting Providence Health Care with creating a useful resource for the Metabolic Syndrome Monitoring project at St. Paul’s Hospital? Help us develop a handout that will best educate patients on making lifestyle changes to improve their health.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
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Deadline: July 13, 2018

Patient Partner, Home Support Service Delivery Working Group

According to recent reports, BC is home to about 678,000 people 65 and over. By 2020, that number is expected to grow to 984,000, and will be at nearly 1.5 million by 2036. With the population of older adults increasing in BC, the use home support services will continue to grow.  A team of researchers are looking for two patient partners with experience as a caregiver or a senior living at home to contribute their insight as they look at home support service delivery in Fraser Health.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
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Deadline: July 25, 2018

Member, Urgent Primary Care Centre Working Group

The Urgent Primary Care Centre Working Group seeks to shape what services the centre will offer to ensure community members can access good quality health care in their community, across all ages and needs.  Do you have experience with health care that might help shape the urgent primary health care in Surrey? If so, read on.

Open to: Patient partners in Surrey, preferably the North Surrey area

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Deadline: July 26, 2018

Patient Partner, Physician Quality Improvement (PQI) Steering Committee

Integrating the patients’ voice, alongside physicians, in health care quality improvement action takes a lot of work behind the scenes.  The Physician Quality Improvement Steering Committee is looking for two patient partners to bring their unique view of improving health care into the development and implementation of quality improvement training for physicians across Fraser Health.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities who can travel to Central City, Surrey
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Deadline: July 26, 2018

Co-Facilitator, Mental Health Support Group for Family and Friends

Have you supported a friend or family member with mental health issues who has received care in the hospital or other mental health treatment programs? Would you be interested in co-facilitating a support group for other family and friends? We are looking for a patient partner to join two St. Paul’s Hospital social workers to co-facilitate a family and friends monthly support group.

Open to: Patient partners in Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley

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Deadline: July 27, 2018
Interior Region

Member, Patient Engagement in Research Committee of the BC SUPPORT Unit Interior Centre

Does patient engagement in research interest you? Read more about this exciting opportunity to give input as a patient partner on the Interior Centre Committee!

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior geographic region

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Deadline: Open until filled

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

Patient Speaker, Patient Experience Story for Long Term Service Awards Dinner

Do you want the opportunity to show gratitude and thank healthcare professionals who provide care in your community? Please join us for live music, a delicious meal and wonderful company to share your exceptional, experience of healthcare workers and the impact they had on you!

Open to: Patient partners in Interior Region
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Deadline: Open until filled

Patient Speaker, Residential Care Conference Presentation on Cultural Sensitivity

Making residential care homes culturally sensitive for seniors is a high priority. Share your experience with cultural sensitivity in health care facilities this fall in Vernon at the Residential Care Conference.

Open to: Patient partners across the province with preference to those in the Interior region
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Deadline: Open until filled
Northern Region

Patient Speaker, Board Training Program for Governance of Quality and Safety

Have you previously participated in health care improvements? Would you like to share your ‘patient partner’ insights with local health authority board of directors who are keen to expand their knowledge and skills in governing for quality and safety?

Open to: Patient partners from Northern BC
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Deadline: July 18, 2018

Member, Fort St. John Community Action Team for Overdose Response

In April 2016, a provincial state of emergency was declared in response to the increasing number of opioid-related overdoses and deaths.  If you or a loved one has experienced the opioid crisis and would like to be involved in creating solutions for Fort St. John, this opportunity may be for you.

Open to: Patient partners in Fort St. John, BC and the surrounding area

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Deadline: July 23, 2018

Member, Physician Quality Improvement Steering Committee

Are you looking for ways to improve the care processes for patients? Join our steering committee and assist physicians and other Northern Health staff in designing quality improvement projects within the system.

Open to: Patient partners in Northern Region
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Deadline: July 24, 2018

Member, Care in the Community Advisory Committee

Interested in providing a patient advisory voice to help plan supports for seniors across the North? We are looking for a visionary, strategic thinking patient!

Open to: Patient partners in Northern Region

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Deadline: July 26, 2018

Focus Group Participant – Bulkley Valley District Hospital (BVDH) Inpatient Perception and Satisfaction

Have you experienced inpatient care at Bulkley Valley District Hospital in Smithers?  Would you like to share your experience of the quality of care and support you received?  If so, Northern Health Support Services and the Bulkley Valley District Hospital want to hear from you!

Open to: Patient partners in Smithers, BC and the surrounding area
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Deadline: July 30, 2018
Vancouver Island Region

Member, Supported Child Development Advisory Committee, Island Health

Does your child require Supported Child Development to attend preschool, daycare or afterschool care? Are you interested in helping to make the tough decisions about priorities for funding for the Supported Child Development Program?  If so, read on!

Open to: Patient partners from Greater Victoria or the Southern Gulf Islands

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Deadline: Open until filled

Member, Victoria Hospice Patient Advisory Committee

It takes a special health care team to take care of people at the end of life. Creating strong connections with family and friends is crucial to developing empathetic care that supports the wishes of those in hospice palliative care. Victoria Hospice is seeking patient partners who are ready to share their personal journey with supporting end of life care as part of the monthly Patient Advisory Committee that looks to enhance their services to fulfill the needs of those they serve.

Open to: Patient partners in Greater Victoria, Saanich Peninsula & Western communities (more…)

Deadline: July 23, 2018

Patient Partner, Island Health Hiring Panels

Are you passionate about patient- and family-centred care? Would you like a voice in deciding who gets hired into Island Health leadership positions? Island Health is seeking patient partners to join hiring panels and wants to hear from you!

Open to: Patient partners from Greater Victoria & Sooke

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Deadline: July 27, 2018

Member, Cannabis Clinical Policy Working Group

Island Health is creating a policy for the clinical use and management of cannabis products for any patient, resident or client while under Island Health care services.  If you are a thoughtful communicator with an interest in policy development and personal experience or awareness of issues related to the clinical use of cannabis, we want your help on this dynamic, short-term policy development project.

Open to: Patient partners across the Island Health Authority region

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Deadline: July 27, 2018

Patient Partner, Vancouver Island Eating Disorder Client and Family Advisory Committee

Do you have an eye for quality improvement, an empathetic ear, and experience accessing care for the treatment of an eating disorder? If so, your voice is needed! We are looking for new patient partners to join our Client and Family Advisory Committee, that meets quarterly to discuss the development and provision of eating disorder services provided by Island Health and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Open to: Patient partners across the Island Health Authority region
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Deadline: August 27, 2018