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Member, Critical Care BC Executive Steering Committee

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection methods: Virtual, In-person

Open to Provincial Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
Critical Care BC (CCBC) is a new health improvement network created to drive improvement in critical care services across BC. If you would like to improve health outcomes and the experience of critically ill patients throughout the province, this could be the opportunity for you!


Lead Organization/Department
Provincial Health Services Authority, Critical Care BC

CCBC was created to address province-wide health system improvement opportunities for critical care services, which are primarily provided in intensive care units (ICUs). CCBC collaborates closely with regional and provincial partners to guide: system planning, quality improvement, best practice implementation, research and innovation.

Patient partners will be members of the CCBC Executive Steering Committee and will help prioritize significant critical care issues and ensure strategy recommendations align with the principles of patient- and family-centered care.

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.

Open to patient partners across the province who:
• Have experience with the health care system in BC, specifically in a critical care setting (ICU) from a direct care experience or as a family member/ caregiver
• Have previous experience as a committee member
• Are comfortable/interested in giving input on solutions and strategies to improve the experience of critically ill patients
• Are comfortable attending online meetings via Zoom or MS Teams

As connection and relationship building is important to CCBC, informal meet & greets with short listed patient partners will form part of the selection process.

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.

• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date and Time: A planning session for the Executive Steering Committee is tentatively scheduled for May/June 2023 – exact date TBD. This may be a full day event and subsequent committee meetings will occur every 2-3 months for approximately 2 hours. A touch base with the CCBC team can also be scheduled prior to committee meetings to provide additional context to agenda items and to support the patient partners. Onboarding to the committee will also be provided
• Location: The first committee meeting may be scheduled as an in person event in Vancouver and the rest of the meetings will occur virtually via Zoom or MS Teams
• Commitment: 12 months with the possibility of an extension

Please note that expenses related to in person meetings (travel, accommodation, mileage/parking, per diems) will be reimbursed as per PHSA’s reimbursement policy. Recognition for patient partner time will also be provided according to the health care partners’ organizational policies.

Critical Care BC is a new health improvement network with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). CCBC will expand upon the foundational work carried out by the previous Critical Care Services Executive Committee (CCSEC) that was led through the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council. As a network of provincial partners, CCBC will work to improve the delivery and experience of critical care services by providing provincial system planning and coordination.

The Executive Steering Committee is co-chaired by the CCBC Executive Director and Provincial Medical Director. The committee also includes the regional operational and medical leads, BC Emergency Health Services, First Nations Health Authority, Ministry of Health and UBC Division of Critical Care Medicine Head. The committee provides advice and recommendations to CCBC and oversight of sub-committees/working groups.

The committee Terms of Reference are being developed and will be brought to the group for endorsement.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cassy Mitchell Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement 250.279.0717

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Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.