External Engagement Opportunities

Check out engagement opportunities administered and supported by organizations other than PVN.

We are passionate about increasing opportunities for the patients’ voice to be heard. Whether opportunities are administered through the Patient Voices Network or a partner organization, we encourage you to add your voice to the conversations that lead to better health care in BC. Here is where you can find out about the latest, greatest ways to be a part of engagement opportunities that our partnering organizations have to offer, outside of PVN.

By sharing these opportunities, we hope to increase the variety of meaningful engagement opportunities and connect organizations with patient partners seeking to make health care better.

Choose the opportunities you like and respond directly to the organizations offering them

Vancouver General Hospital Operation Room Renewal
Vancouver General Hospital is designing a new operating room suite, which will include the actual operating rooms, the perioperative care areas (where you come before surgery to prepare for surgery and go after surgery to recover), and space for family waiting rooms. The team at Vancouver Coastal Health wants to hear about patient partners’ surgical experience and gather input from you on how we can improve the patient and family experience of surgery specifically in the perioperative area. Patient partners are invited to attend a discussion and to share input on their surgical experience.
Respond directly to the Vancouver Coastal Health Community Engagement team at ce@vch.ca or 604.714.3779.
Deadline: To be scheduled at a time that works for you
Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland


Member, Registration Committee
The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia’s Registration Committee is looking for public committee members to support its mission of ensuring any applicant wishing to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in BC will only be permitted to do so when they meet all registration requirements, including education, competence, English language proficiency, good character and fitness to engage in the practice of nursing. If you are someone who might share in our passion to ensure that only the most and best qualified become LPNs in BC, then this is the right opportunity for you.
Committee members receive honorariums for their time, and out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.
Read the full description and respond
Deadline: As soon as possible
Open to: Patient partners across the province


Patient Views on Quality Indicator Resources for Hip and Knee Replacement Rehabilitation: Canada-Wide Survey
Researchers at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility in Vancouver have developed quality indicators (QIs) for hip and knee replacement rehabilitation. Quality indicators state the quality of rehabilitation care that all patients having a joint replacement for hip or knee osteoarthritis should expect to receive. They’re now creating a ‘toolkit’ to help people like you and your families learn about these QIs and use them to make informed decisions about your rehabilitation options, track the quality of care you receive, and communicate your needs with your health care team. Answer a quick online survey to help researchers learn what types of resources and information patients would like to have in this toolkit.
Learn more about the survey and respond.
Deadline: July 31
Open to: Patient partners across Canada


BC Children’s Hospital Research Website Refresh
To improve how BC Children’s Hospital Research engages patients, families and the general public in the vital research that takes place at the hospital, they’re refreshing their website (www.bcchr.ca) and would like to hear from you! What’s working, what could be improved and how can they make it better? Answer by taking a short survey.
Respond the survey, it will take approximately 10 minutes.
Deadline: August 1
Open to: Patient partners across Canada


University of British Columbia Physical Therapy 516 Course: Session on Patient Interviewing
UBC Patient and Community Partnership for Education is looking for 14 patient partner to help out with student interviews for their first year physical therapy students. They will be interviewed to help students practice information gathering, demonstrate professionalism, and interact with real patients. The time commitment is three hours at the UBC campus on Friday, September 22, between 11am and 4pm.
Learn more about the opportunity and respond directly to Cathy Kline at cathy.kline@ubc.ca, stating your interest and including your contact information, health condition/diagnosis, experience with physical therapists and any necessary accommodations for participation.
Deadline: August 1
Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley


Focus Groups, BC Children’s Hospital BioBank
The BC Children’s Hospital BioBank is conducting focus groups to gain a better understanding of opinions on research participation through BioBanks. What are the benefits, the drawbacks and the barriers to BioBanking? How can we make participation in the BioBank easier for those who are interested? Patient partners are invited to attend a confidential group discussion, and share their opinions on August 17 at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute from 5:00-7:30pm. Refreshments and child-care will be available on-site and a gift card provided.
Respond directly to Heather Vantassel at heather.vantassel@cw.bc.ca or 604.875.2000 ext 6423.
Deadline: August 14
Open to: Patient partners across the province. Youth age 11-18 and parents are welcome


Patient Surveyor, Accreditation Canada
Accreditation Canada (AC) and its affiliate – Health Standards Organization (HSO) – are putting the philosophy of People Powered Health into action, by putting people at the center of programs and services. In recent months, AC has been actively co-designing with patient partners and healthcare providers to identify ways patient partners can add value to the survey process. In 2018, AC will continue integration of patient-surveyor on survey teams.
This is a great opportunity for patient partners to network with other patient partners and health care professionals to broaden their skills. They will also be better able to assist other organizations on quality improvement, patient engagement and accreditation activities.
Submit your CV or bio profile to surveyors@accreditation.ca. You can also contact the same email address to register for an optional information session via teleconference on July 27.
Deadline: August 18
Open to: Patient partners across the province