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Member, Practice and Regulations Advisory Committee (PRAC)



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Interior Region


Volunteer Opportunity
With the ever-changing state of health care, are you interested in having a voice regarding proposed practice changes for regulated and unregulated professionals? If yes, consider joining the Interior Health Practice and Regulations Advisory Committee (PRAC).


Lead Organization/Department
Professional Practice Office, Interior Health

This committee reviews requests regarding scope of practice changes or delegations and includes all nursing and allied health, regulated and unregulated disciplines. The goal of the committee is to make recommendations that remain within health regulations while also supporting innovation for safe, standardized, evidence-informed and quality care for patients, clients and residents in our care.

Patient Partners will be:
• Invited to virtually attend the monthly Practice and Regulations Advisory Committee (PRAC).
• Asked to review submissions brought forward in advance of meetings (with time to reach out with questions).
• Asked to provide input at meetings from a patient/public partner perspective on practice change requests.

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
• Experience working in health care in the past is an asset, but not a requirement
• Clinical knowledge and/or previous working group experience is an asset, but not a requirement.
• Comfortable sharing experiences and providing feedback in a group environment.
• Comfortable using Microsoft Teams for virtual meetings and receiving documents by email (Microsoft Teams orientation can be provided).
• 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: Monthly, on the third Wednesday of each month, effective immediately
• Location: Virtually via Microsoft Teams
• Commitment: 2 hour meetings, monthly

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.

The Practice and Regulations Advisory Committee was created to provide a forum to deliberate, document and ensure an Interior Health wide process for practice optimization while continuing to support safe, standardized, quality patient care. Practice request submissions may be received from acute, community, or long-term care service areas for any health care discipline. In addition to a Professional Practice Office Director who chairs, membership includes but is not limited to directors in the following programs/services: Clinical Education, Pharmacy, North and South Clinical Operations, Pharmacy, Quality & Patient Safety, Risk Management. Attached are Terms of Reference. The meetings have rich discussion with very engaged participants. There are opportunities to increase learning and understanding about scope, roles and operational perspectives related to proposed practice changes.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

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