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Member – BCIT School of Health Equal Canada Patient Partnership Advisory Committee

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
The BCIT School of Health Sciences (SoHS), a provincial leader in health science education is seeking patient partners to participate in monthly virtual meetings with instructors to develop a plan to integrate authentic patient perspectives into the curriculum of programs across the SoHS. If you would like to ensure that students are prepared to deliver high quality person and family centred care across the health care spectrum, this could be the opportunity for you!


Lead Organization/Department
School of Health Sciences, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

To create a strategic implementation plan that will provide an increased focus on patient perspectives in the SoHS professional programs. The purpose of engaging patient partners is for educators and patients to work together to create and implement authentic patient perspectives into the SoHS curriculum. The role of the patient partners will be to provide feedback on the strategic initiatives that would add value to the education of health science professional students to support their efforts to be advocates and ambassadors of patient safety and quality health care.

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.

Open to patient partners from across the province who:
• Have familiarity with the health care system as a patient, family member or caregiver
• Have previous experience interacting with a student health care professional
• Have previous committee experience
• Are comfortable attending online meetings via Zoom

If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Patient Partner Commitments, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Cassy Mitchell.

As connection and relationship building is important to BCIT, we would like to meet with short listed patient partners as part of the selection process.

• Number of vacancies: 2-3
• Date and Time: monthly meetings, up to 60-90 minutes in duration starting September 20, 2022. Reviewing documents outside of meeting times may also be required
• Location: online participation via Zoom
• Commitment: seven months to a year

Recognition for time will be provided according to BCIT’s organizational policies. If you meet the eligibility criteria, but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Cassy Mitchell to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

Health care education programs in post secondary institutions require program accreditation by outside organizations to ensure quality education and qualified graduates. Programs are working toward increasing patient perspectives and agencies are adding patient focused criteria into the accreditation process. The School of Health Sciences has recently formed an advisory committee made up of 11 instructors to work on the first stages of an implementation plan to be inclusive of patients in health care curriculum.
The committee requires patient partners to join to provide consultation, feedback, and perspectives on the direction of additional patient curriculum.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cassy Mitchell Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement 250.279.0717

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Nancy J. Wood

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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.