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Member, Physician Quality Improvement Steering Committee

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Open to Northern Region, Patient partners in the Northern region

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Are you passionate about quality improvement? Looking for ways to improve the care processes for patients? Do you have experience in working collaboratively with physicians?

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern region

Lead Organization or Department

Northern Health - Physician Quality Improvement


We are looking for patient partners to attend the steering committee to assist the committee in having a person- and-family-centred care lens. The goal of the committee is to remove barriers for Northern Health/Special Services Committee Physician Quality Improvement initiatives so that they are successful and connect initiatives with existing resources.

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.


  • Familiarity with quality improvement in health care
  • Diverse background
  • Experience with steering committee meetings
  • Connections to Northern BC


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Initiative format: Working group/ Committees
  • Connection method: Meetings are generally at 5pm for 2 hours. In-Person, teleconference or webinar
  • Commitment: Seven months to a year

Steering Committee member expectations: • Review all agenda package materials prior to Steering Committee meeting; • Attend Steering Committee meetings; • Represent the views and interest of the patient partners; • Must disclose any matters which may constitute a direct or indirect conflict of interest between personal or professional activities. Moreover, always act in a manner that will prevent conflicts from arising; and • Participate in the evaluation of this initiative.


Pre-approved travel expenses will be covered as per Northern Health policy.


The Specialist Services Committee’s (SSC) Physician Quality Improvement initiative has funded the NH/SSC PQI Steering Committee to implement the proposal approved by the SSC on September 15, 2016. The proposal builds on existing NH quality structures and aims to increase physician engagement in Quality Improvement (QI) activities, as well as ensure those physicians have adequate technical, administrative, and educational supports. The purpose of the funding includes ensuring physicians are able to meet, coordinate and act on QI opportunities in partnership with the health authority to enhance patient- and family-centred care. The mission of Physician Quality Improvement (PQI) is to assist physicians to be collaborators in quality activated change, both as leaders and participants to improve clinical patient outcomes and provider experience, and positively impact retention. You can access the Terms of Reference here.

Initiatives will be aligned with the health authority’s overall quality strategy, but distinct from its quality assurance responsibility and mandate. Activities may include funding physician champions to participate in quality improvement committees, and to support their time to lead specific quality improvement projects and initiatives identified by physicians working in facilities or health authorities.

Other parties involved: Medical Staff Association, Doctors of BC, practicing General Practitioners, practicing specialists, and other patient partners.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern BC

From Our Community

Pamela Jessen

Patient Partner, Langford

Pamela Jessen

The Patient Voices Network allows me to engage and educate others on various health-related topics. By sitting on various committees and taking part in many activities, I can create real change in health care for everyone. It’s so empowering!