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Member, Palliative Care (PC) Steering Committee

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Interior Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
Palliative care services are provided in community, acute, long-term care and hospice settings. In response to the 2015 BC Ministry of Health initiative to double the number of hospice spaces across the province, Interior Health formed a Palliative Care Steering Committee (PCSC) to oversee planning and initiatives for the health authority.  The PCSC is made up of internal and external partners and is currently seeking a Patient Voices Network representative to contribute towards ensuring that our strategic priorities are framed upon a person-centered approach to care.

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Lead Organization/Department
Interior Health – Palliative Care and End of Life Services

Aim
We wish to have a patient voice on our Palliative Care Steering Committee (PCSC) to ensure we are making decisions and considering future directions of palliative care in Interior Health that incorporates the ideas and concerns of individuals and families.

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
Experience as an individual with a life-limiting condition or as a family member or friend of a person who has received palliative and/or end of life care within Interior Health.
Note: Palliative and end of life care can be a sensitive topic and can trigger emotions. Please ensure you have a support system in place, if needed.
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
• Number of patients: 2
• The Palliative Care Steering Committee meets virtually, on a quarterly basis, for 1.5 hours. Members join the meeting via WebEx and/or telephone. We are a virtual team with members from all across Interior Health. Orientation to the PCSC will be provided by a member(s) of the Regional Palliative Care and End of Life Services team.
Commitment: 1 year term with option to extend

Reimbursement
Expenses will not be incurred for this committee.

Background
Palliative Care (PC) is a valuable and important health care service in Interior Health. Following the BC Ministry of Health’s mandate to double hospice spaces in the province, Interior Health formed a Palliative Care Steering Committee (PCSC) to oversee planning and initiatives for the health authority.  The PCSC is made up of internal and external partners and is currently seeking a Patient Voices Network representative to contribute towards ensuring that our strategic priorities are framed upon a person-centered approach to care.

Additional members of the committee are:
Clinical Operations and Network Leads from Primary Care, Home Health, Cancer Care, Allied Health, Acute, Hospice and Long-term Care
Clinical Nurse Specialists
Palliative Care Medical Directors
Program Leads from Aboriginal Health, Quality Improvement, Strategic Information, and Communications

Engagement Leader Contact Information

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

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