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Member, Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Person and Family Centred Care Advisory Committee (PFCC)

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Interior Region, Patient partners from Kootenay area

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Volunteer Opportunity
The Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital believes in empowering patients and their families as integral participants of the health-care team to support quality care, optimal patient experience and health outcomes, join us on our new advisory committee!

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Lead Organization/Department
Interior Health, Kootenay Boundary  Regional Hospital

Aim
The goal of the KBRH Person and Family Centred Advisory Committee is to ensure the planning, implementation and evaluation of existing and future care and services within this regional hospital include the necessary input of patients and families of this community. This committee will be guided by the principles of trust, dignity and respect, information sharing, participation and collaboration.

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
Familiarity with the Trail and surrounding communities as a current or former resident
• Personal experience within the KBRH health care system as a patient or caregiver
• Be able to work with others effectively, and appreciate different perspectives and opinions.
• Have a willingness and confidence to actively participate in evaluation and planning of services.
• Experience working on a Board, Steering or Advisory committee level would be a benefit but is not mandatory.
• English proficiency .Comfort in reading, writing and editing policies
• Access to telephone/computer for meetings if unable to attend meetings in person

Logistics
• Number of patients: 5
Meetings are expected to be held monthly between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm depending on the members availability
In addition, committee members may be asked to participate in ad hoc consultations when required
Details of working group meetings will be decided as needed
At the launch of this committee, 3 hour strategic planning session will be held with expectations of this being an annual event.
Meetings will be held by zoom or phone option is also available
It is expected that this work will be ongoing for over a year

Reimbursement
No expense should be incurred at this time due to the virtual format. Once travel and in-person meetings resume, mileage will be reimbursed based on the IH travel expense policy. Any out-of-pocket expense (daycare) will be discussed for reimbursement as needed.

Background
Although there is a PFCC Steering Committee within IH, there has not been a local KBRH PFCC Advisory Committee.
There are a number of health care service initiatives that necessitate active engagement of patients and families who reside in this community. The first few initiatives of focus will be:
I. Supporting the planning of a newly located multifaith room.
2. Providing important input into an ‘End PJ Paralysis’ Pilot (providing patients opportunities to wear their own cloths, mobilize with the objectives of maintaining physical strength and reducing length of stay).
3. A site wide review from the lens of how we can enhance PFCC (eg. review the patient journey from entering the front entrance to being a patient on the medical unit. What improvements can be made to support patient dignity, autonomy, empowerment)
This committee will be supported by the Director of Care within KBRH.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Carol Stathers
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Interior Region
778.516.3308
cstathers@bcpsqc.ca

From Our Community

Christine Wallsworth

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Christine Wallsworth

Patient and family partners should not be a check box on research proposals! They need to be involved right from the start. I know patient and family partners are doing their part by providing their knowledge to researchers from their lived experience.  It’s a win-win for us to work together through PVN to make sure our input drives improvements.