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BC Cancer Agency: Provincial Cancer Planning Focus Group

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Interested in sharing your cancer experience to help reshape and improve services for cancer patients in BC? The BC Cancer Agency is leading a process to develop the Provincial Cancer Plan and wants to hear from you!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

BC Cancer Agency (BCCA)

Aim

The goal of this engagement is to hear from patients and their family members who have experienced cancer services in BC within the last 5 years, and incorporate feedback about what works and what doesn’t into the BC Provincial Cancer Plan, which is currently in development.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement (www.iap2.org). The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.

Eligibility

  • Open to patient partners who live in British Columbia and have received cancer services outside of the Lower Mainland  (remote locations)
  • Patient partners should be comfortable sharing their story/experience in a group setting and be prepared to share their ideas to improve cancer care across BC
  • If you are actively receiving treatment, this will in no way impact your treatment and your feedback will be treated with confidence and will be made anonymous in our report. We expect mutual trust; we won’t share your personal information and expect confidentiality from you if we discuss sensitive materials
If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and volunteer agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact the engagement leader directly.

Logistics

  • Vacancies: 5-10
  • One-time event. (There may be additional smaller focus group sessions over the summer to gain additional patient insight)
  • Focus group will be held in late June, and be approximately 90 minutes in length (date and time TBD).
  • Focus group will be hosted via either teleconference or webinar.

Reimbursement

There are no anticipated expenses for this opportunity, as it will occur via teleconference or webinar.

Background

The BCCA is currently working to develop the Provincial Cancer Plan, which will be a 3-year directional plan that will lay the framework for the delivery of cancer services across the entire continuum of care in BC. It includes work to be done by BCCA as well as work by other organizations working in cancer care.  Development of the plan is being led by the BCCA senior executive team. All of the health authorities, including PHSA, are responsible for implementing the cancer plan. At this stage, the BCCA wants to engage patients who have received services outside the Lower Mainland

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Anthony Gagné
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern Interior
250.961.5156
agagne@bcpsqc.ca

 

From Our Community

Derek Koch

Spiritual Health Practitioner and Patient- and Family-Centred Care Lead — Kelowna General Hospital

Derek Koch

The bottom line is because we’re caring for patients. People who know best are those who are receiving the care so it makes logical sense that we would consult with them about their experiences. By connecting with PVN we have been able to educate our teams about the value of patient partners and how important their perspective is in our services.