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Member, Neurodiverse Surgical Toolkit Development Working Group

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Interior Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
Interior Health is developing a toolkit to help guide the surgical team when a neurodiverse patient is booked for surgery. Help us ensure this toolkit meets the needs of patients and families who are part of this population!


Lead Organization/Department
Interior Health, Surgical Services

The Neurodiverse Surgical Toolkit Development Working Group is planning to create a toolkit to assist the surgical team in the special care planning of the neurodiverse patient population. Patient partners are key in ensuring the toolkit meets the unique needs of this patient population and helps prepare the surgical team. The patient partners will be asked to:
• join our working group meetings;
• share their experience as a patient, family member, or care giver;
• help us develop a toolkit that will benefit both staff and patients.

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: Interior Health region.
• Neurodiverse patients, family members, or care givers.
• Experience having accessed surgical services within Interior Health.
• Open to sharing your suggestions on improving surgical services delivery.
• Comfortable using a virtual meeting platform, such as Zoom.
• Please note:
– This opportunity is not open to staff members or patient partners who are currently employed by this health authority.
– As connection and relationship building is important, we may like to meet with short listed patient partners as part of our selection process in an informal interview between the patient partner and the health care partner.
– Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Patient Partner Commitments form. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Charmaine Niebergall directly to see if accommodations may be possible.
– As required by the October 14, 2021 Public Health Order released by the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination is required to access any in-person meetings at a health care site. Proof of vaccination can be provided by way of a Vaccination Passport or Vaccination card, along with government issued photo ID. For patient partnership activities that are virtual only (via Zoom, video conference, phone, etc.), proof of vaccination is not required.

• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date/Time: To be determined
• Location: Virtually using Zoom
• Commitment: 4 to 6 months.

No out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Charmaine Niebergall to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

We are in the very early planning stages for our toolkit and hoping to link with our patient partners in any way that they are willing and able to. We would ideally like to meet on a monthly basis until the toolkit is developed. We are looking to improve our service delivery for this patient population because it has been identified as an opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Charmaine Niebergall Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Vancouver Island Region 778-700-2064

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Agnes Black

Director, Health Services & Clinical Research and Knowledge Translation – Providence Health Care

Agnes Black

It’s really hard to make changes in health care. When a PVN patient partner says, ‘This is important to us’ it keeps us grounded on why a change is needed and keeps us motivated to keep going on projects.