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Member, Maternity Quality Standard Development Committee

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (the Council) is developing a quality standard for maternity care in BC and needs help from patient partners with lived or living experience to co-collaborate in this impactful work! If you are wanting to give input in making recommendations and decisions about the direction of quality improvement in maternity care this could be the opportunity for you!


Lead Organization/Department:
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

• The Council is leading the development of a maternity quality standard to improve care for all maternity patients in BC. We are aiming to do this by creating a provincially agreed statement on the care patients should be offered by health professionals and health services during pregnancy and birth.
• We are looking for patient partners, to help co-collaborate in the development of this quality standard. As members of the Standards Development Committee your voice will bring the human experience to the language and focus of each quality statement added to the standard.

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.


For patient partners in rural, regional and urban areas who have:
• Lived or living experience with pregnancy and/or childbirth, either directly, or in a caregiver/support role for a pregnant mother or a newborn baby. We need patient partners who can speak to this experience, so we can understand the challenges and successes you’ve encountered in the health system.
• Comfortable engaging in a group environment over a virtual platform (e.g., zoom)
• Comfortable sharing your story
• As connection and relationship building is important to the Council, we would like to meet with short listed patient partners as part of our selection process.

Number of vacancies:
Location: Virtual meetings via Zoom
Date/Time: Monthly meetings (2-4 hours in duration), starting end of May 2022. The exact date & time to be determined. Reading committee documents ahead of meetings will also be required.
Commitment: 7 to 12 months

No out of pocket expenses are anticipated for participating in this engagement opportunity. However, 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.

The Council regularly works with and brings together stakeholders throughout the province and across the spectrum of care to discuss issues and advance quality. It is leading the development of Maternity/neonate clinical care standards as part of the overarching clinical policy framework. The Council will work closely with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) to support the project. Committee members will include maternity leaders, administrative and clinical support, patient partners and researchers/academics throughout the province, including rural, regional, and urban perspectives.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cassy Mitchell Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement 250.279.0717

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