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Member, BC Emergency Network Management Committee

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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A great opportunity awaits you to contribute to emergency care in your province! We’re excited to welcome an individual to become a valuable member of the BC Emergency Medicine Network Management Committee. Your voice will help to identify opportunities to improve emergency care in BC and to ensure patients have access to care that is built upon a foundation of person- and family-centredness. If you enjoy thinking strategically and collaboratively, and can offer your enthusiasm, creativity, patience and time, please consider this engagement opportunity!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

BC Emergency Medicine Network

Aim

The aim is to incorporate a patient voice on the BC Emergency Medicine Network (BCEMN) Management Committee. The BCEMN strives to embody a collaborative working relationship among all members. Having a patient partner on the committee will help to ensure a patient lens is included. The role of the patient partner is to provide active and constructive contributions to the Management Committee’s work, and to support the team to successfully complete the project deliverables. He/she will meet with the Network team to consider project ideas, how to recruit members (providers and patient partners), brainstorm ways to promote the Network and encourage engagement, understand what resources and activities might mean to families and the public, and consider how to communicate progress and results to the public.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

Eligibility

  • Experience accessing emergency services and resources in BC, as a patient, family member or informal caregiver.
  • Experience as part of an advisory or steering committee, council or working group and/or comfort speaking in groups
  • Experience working together with researchers, Patient Partners and health care leaders is an asset
  • Experience working at a strategic planning or systems level is an asset
  • Comfortable using computer to join online meetings
  • Successful candidates should be willing to share their experience and learning with other Patient Partners
  • Note: An interview will be part of the selection process for this opportunity.
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: 1 or 2
  • Date and time: Management meetings occur every two weeks for 1.5 hours unless otherwise scheduled. The current meeting time is 7.30-9am every second Tuesday.
  • Management members are also asked to attend bi-annual advisory meetings (~4 hours).

Reimbursement

  • Pre-approved out-of-pocket expenses (e.g. mileage, parking, printing) will be reimbursed.

Background

The BC Emergency Medicine Network (BCEMN) launched September 2017 to improve emergency care in BC. The EMN exists to connect all emergency practitioners throughout the province so they can share the latest knowledge and support each other, so that no one practitioner is working in isolation. Over 1,400 emergency practitioners manage approximately 2.3 million patient visits each year in 108 Emergency Departments and Diagnostic & Treatment centres. Almost half of these emergency practitioners are located in small communities where they lack opportunities to connect with or consult trusted colleagues. The ability to provide state-of-the-art care is also difficult, as there is constantly new information on how best to care for patients. All emergency departments are working independently to keep up to date. The BCEMN has four main programs: 1) Clinical Resources: sharing best practices and clinical resource tools 2) Innovation: creating innovative solutions through research 3) Continuing Professional Development: education courses for providers 4) Real Time Support: enabling text, phone or video support between physicians Through the four programs, and by increasing communication amongst emergency practitioners in BC, the BCEMN will ensure consistent, best care for patients across the province. The vision of the BCEMN is Exceptional Emergency Care. Everywhere. Patient partners are already providing leadership through participation in the Network’s Advisory Council and Clinical Resources Committee and BCEMN is wishing to increase patient engagement by adding a patient partner to their Management Committee which oversees the day-to-day operations of the BCEMN. The Committee consists of executive lead, network manager, network support, staff, program leads, communications advisor, evaluation advisor and data advisor. Learn more about the BC Emergency Medicine Network.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Kathryn Proudfoot
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Provincial
604.668.8246
kproudfoot@bcpsqc.ca

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.