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Member, Adult Intensive Care Unit Quality Governance Council

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Open to Vancouver Island Region, Patient partners in the Island Health region

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Are you interested in being a part of the team coordinating some of the most advanced healthcare on the island? Your help is needed to monitor and improve the quality and safety of Island Health’s Adult Intensive Care Program by ensuring that patient voices are included at the Council table!

Open to: Patient partners in the Island Health region

Lead Organization or Department

Adult Intensive Care, Island Health


The Adult Intensive Care Unit Quality Governance Council is part of a group of Island Health quality councils that are responsible to set and meet high standards of care and to maintain a continuous commitment to quality improvement. Patient partners will be invited to draw upon their experiences of care and community knowledge to provide feedback on items discussed at Council meetings, such as tertiary and community site admission, transfer criteria, as well as standard and policy setting. This will assist the Council to better understand and consider the perspectives of patients and families, and to ensure that decisions and priorities reflect the needs and goals of patients who rely on these services.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.


  • A dynamic communicator who is comfortable providing constructive feedback in a group setting.
  • Experience as a patient or caregiver with intensive care services would be an asset, but is not required.
  • Willing to travel to Comox, Duncan, Nanaimo, Campbell River or Victoria to attend meetings; ideally patient partners will represent the regional diversity of the Island Health region.
  • 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 Leah Smith directly.
  • The placement process for this opportunity may include an informal interview between the patient partner and the health care partner.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Date and time: Meetings are held on a quarterly basis, usually between 8:30am – 11am. The next meeting will be held in December 2017.
  • Location: In-person attendance in Comox, Duncan, Nanaimo, Campbell River and Victoria is required. These sites will we linked via video-conference.
  • Term: 1 year with the possibility of extension.
  • Time commitment: Attendance at quarterly meetings lasting 2.5 hours.
  • Materials will be provided one week prior to each meeting and should be reviewed in advance in order to contribute to discussions. Review of meeting materials may take approximately 1 to 2 hours.


Pre-approved mileage and parking will be reimbursed, as well as pre-approved transit expenses such as bus fare.


The Adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Quality Governance Council provides oversight and leadership at 7 locations across Island Health. More information on ICU services is available here. The Council reviews and discusses quality indicators as reported by each site and identifies priorities for improvement. Policy and practice changes, as well as patient safety events and concerns are also addressed by this group. The Council is co-chaired by a Director of Clinical Operations and a Medical Director. The group of approximately 20 council members includes medical and administrative leaders such as site managers and coordinators, clinical nurse educators, physicians, respiratory therapists and pharmacists, as well as representatives from the quality and patient safety portfolio. More information about Island Health’s quality councils or ‘Quality Structures’ available here.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

From Our Community

Ovey Yeung

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Ovey Yeung

Being involved in the Patient Voices Network has broadened my understanding of the system and helped me empathize with health care challenges and limitations. What matters to me is to walk away feeling that my experience matters, that I matter!