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Consultant, Mental Health and Substance Use, Remote Patient Monitoring

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Vancouver Island Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
Island health is looking for a patient partner to review virtual care strategies within the Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) program area. This is a great opportunity to be a part of a new initiative that aims to improve access to care in the home for MHSU clients.


Lead Organization/Department
Island Health, Virtual Care

Island Health is looking to improve the quality of care for MHSU clients by improving access to care in the home.
The patient partner can offer input and feedback about how virtual care can be utilized for this population. They will be asked to review questions that health care professionals ask their patients as well as overall flow of care.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. 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.

• Experience with Mental Health and/or Substance Use is an asset
• Experience with virtual care delivery is an asset
• Experience with community based care is an asset
• Please note:
The placement process for this opportunity may include an informal interview between the volunteer and the health care partner.
Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ashley Clark directly to see if accommodations may be possible.

• Number of vacancies: 1
• Date/Time: Meetings will start at the beginning of December and occur twice per month for 2-4 sessions
• Location: Virtually (via phone and Zoom)
• Commitment: 1-2 months

There are no anticipated costs associated with this opportunity.

There has been an identified need from one of the MHSU teams to improve the quality of care delivered to their clients in the Island Health region. The focus of this work is on care in the home but also on improving access to care for clients on the waitlist to receive services, and improving access to home alcohol detox, enhanced monitoring for clients as risk of Metabolic Syndrome so as to meet best practice standards.
Our MHSU team is working on plans to improve care in the community with the intention of expanding and sharing what we learn across the island.
Involved staff include virtual care (clinical specialist, analyst, director, MHSU manager and clinical staff) as well as an external stakeholder (Telus).

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Ashley Clark
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island

From Our Community

Nancy J. Wood

Patient Partner, Sidney

Nancy J. Wood

I was thrilled to discover the Patient Voices Network, where the array of places to be the voice of a patient is vast and incredibly interesting. Besides my ongoing “gig” with the BC Emergency Medicine Network, I have enjoyed being involved in several one-off initiatives. I love working with professionals who genuinely value the perspectives of their patient partners.