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Member, Consent for Care

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Would you like to share your perspective on how persons are admitted into residential care facilities? The Ministry of Health is interested in your point of view as it prepares to roll out requirements for obtaining consent for care facility admission. Be part of this complex and important initiative!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

Ministry of Health – Seniors Services

Aim

The Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act (HCCCFAA) sets out legal requirements for obtaining consent from adults when being admitted to a licensed care facility, as well as when an adult is unable to provide consent themselves. This advisory group will provide guidance on the implementation of this legislation across BC. By including patients in this work, the Ministry of Health (MoH) is seeking to ensure that their thoughts, perspectives, and experiences are considered in this important issue.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement (www.iap2.org). 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.

Eligibility

  • Experience accessing long-term residential care facilities in BC, either as a client, family member, or caregiver.
  • Experience accessing a licensed care facility for persons with mental health and/or substance use health concerns, either as a client, family member, or other caregiver.
  • Ability to review, understand, and discuss government legislation and regulations.
  • Ability to participate in bi-weekly teleconferences (2 hours per teleconference).
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: 2
  • Preference is to have one patient partner with experience accessing long-term residential care facilities, and one with experience accessing licensed mental health and/or substance use facilities.
  • Meetings occur every other Thursday, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
  • Meetings will be held via teleconference
  • Length of commitment: 7-12 months.

Reimbursement

There are not any anticipated expenses for this opportunity, since meetings will be conducted via toll-free teleconference.

Background

The HCCCFAA sets out requirements for obtaining consent for health care. This legislation first came into effect in 2000. The Act includes a section regarding the requirement to obtain consent before admitting an adult into a care facility. To date, this section has not been brought into force. However this section will be brought into force by April 2018. The Consent for Care Facility Admission Advisory Group includes members from the Ministry of Health, each of the health authorities, the Public Guardian and Trustee and residential care facility operators, who are all involved in the process for admitting persons into care facilities. The group is considering the implications of this legislation coming into force and providing input on the implementation process of this legislation. The group is developing and revising existing support tools and education materials for those that will be responsible for following these new processes. At this time, the HCCFAA is not going to be revised, and  therefore, the scope of this engagement is looking at how this legislation will be implemented in a patient-centred manner across BC. The participating patient partners will be providing their input regarding the processes for obtaining consent for care facility admission and assessing for incapability to provide this consent. This process is ultimately about protecting the rights of persons entering a care facility. We are seeking participants who can represent the perspective of those whose rights this legislation is intended to protect.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Anthony Gagné
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern Interior
250.961.5156
agagne@bcpsqc.ca

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