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Guest, Patient Safety Voices Podcast

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Use your flair for expressing ideas and experiences in a thought-provoking way to improve health care in BC and across Canada. BC Patient Safety and Learning System wants to hear your voice on their new podcast, Patient Safety Voices!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

BC Patient Safety & Learning System (PSLS)


  • PSLS strives to make health care safer for all British Columbians by fostering a culture of safety, shared learning and continuous system improvement. The PSLS team wants to use podcasts to share patient safety stories and quality improvement ideas with a wide audience of listeners.
  • Patients will be invited to share personal stories and related insights about how the health care system can be improved and made safer. Some patients may participate as part of a group discussion with other guests (which might include health care practitioners), while some experiences will be better shared through individual interviews.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate (at a local community or program level) on the spectrum of engagement (  The promise to you is that the health care partner will look to you for advice in decision making, developing alternatives, and solutions and include your recommendations into the decision as much as possible.


  • Comfortable recording and talking about personal health care experiences with a public audience. Note: If you aren’t comfortable sharing your experience in public, you can still participate! We’d like to hear your story ideas and learn a little more about what safe health care means to you. Just scroll all the way to the bottom of the invite and click RSVP - Option 2.
  • Able to link experiences and opinions to opportunities to improve health care.
  • Some familiarity with podcasting and a willingness to try something new. Note: Podcasts are an exciting new medium! You don’t need to be an expert in this technology to participate. Check out the information in the background section below and listen to past episodes of Patient Safety Voices. Once you’ve done that, you have the expertise required to meet this criteria!
  • Patients should have previously attended a PVN orientation session and signed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact Leah Smith directly to see if alternative arrangements might be possible.


  • Vacancies: Up to 5
  • Date and time: To be determined based on volunteer availability and production resources. Ideally some volunteers would be prepared to tape an interview in April or May, and other interviews would be spread out over the next 6 months.
  • Location: By teleconference. Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley volunteers will have the option to participate in person.
  • Commitment: Interviews may last from 5 to 30 minutes. In addition to the interview, volunteers will meet with the production team for about 15 minutes to prepare for the interview. After recording, volunteers will be asked to review an edited version of the interview to make suggestions for improvement.


Pre-approved mileage and parking will be reimbursed, as well as approved transit (e.g. public transit) for volunteers from the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley who opt to participate in person.


  • A podcast is an audio show that can be downloaded from the internet and listened to on an electronic device such as a computer or smartphone. Podcasts allow listeners to learn something new, when and where they choose.
  • Patient Safety Voices is a new podcast series hosted by the BC Patient Safety & Learning System. The introductory episode was launched in September 2016. The first full episode featured Dr. Doug Cochrane, Provincial Patient Safety & Quality Officer. The most recent episode focused on treatment of opioid addiction from the perspective of two addictions specialists working in Terrace.
  • Patient Safety Voices features discussions on a variety of topics related to patient safety and quality of care with 'voices' or guests who can offer a unique perspective on this important topic. Patients have a unique perspective when it comes to health care - their own lived experiences. These experiences can provide a powerful call to action for improvement and serve as an effective learning opportunity.
  • Future episodes may explore topics such as medical assistance in dying, mental health and substance use treatment, fall prevention or medication errors in hospital or residential services, or communication with patients, families and caregivers.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Leah Smith
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Southern Vancouver Island


From Our Community

Christine Wallsworth

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Christine Wallsworth

Patient and family partners should not be a check box on research proposals! They need to be involved right from the start. I know patient and family partners are doing their part by providing their knowledge to researchers from their lived experience.  It’s a win-win for us to work together through PVN to make sure our input drives improvements.