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Member, Primary and Community Care Policy Implementation Committee

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Vancouver Island Region, Patient partners in Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley and South Vancouver Island

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With the introduction of primary care networks across the province, the Ministry of Health is forming a new policy implementation committee to oversee the various aspects of getting these networks started around the province. If you have a passion for primary care and experience participating in committees, this opportunity could be for you!

Open to: Patient partners in Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley and South Vancouver Island

Lead Organization or Department

Ministry of Health, Primary and Community Care Division


The Ministry of Health has accountability for the Provincial Primary and Community Care Policy and has created the Primary and Community Care Policy Implementation Committee to support and oversee the formation of an integrated system of primary and community care across British Columbia. The committee will provide provincial oversight, advice to partners, and recommendations to the Ministry on key issues related to allocation of funding to support the implementation. The patient partners will participate in all activities of the committee. Recommendations to the Ministry of Health will be made by consensus, with final decisions on all recommendations resting with the Ministry of Health. Consensus is achieved when everyone accepts and supports a decision and understands how the decision was reached.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the research partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.


The patient partner should:
  • Have a passion for healthcare and a desire to provide system level input
  • Be capable of critical judgement and a constructive attitude during their interactions
  • Be able to generalize their experience to other care contexts and situations, ideally having experienced or supported a loved one through diverse care experiences
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in partnerships with others
  • Communicate effectively
  • Be respectful and open to perspectives of other people
  • Be able to work collaboratively with Ministry, the health authority, and Doctors of BC employees and leaders
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.


Vacancies: Two patient partners will be selected, a primary and an alternate. Frequency: The meetings will be held in Vancouver or Victoria, on a bi-monthly basis, or at the discretion of the Chair. The first meeting is currently schedule for October 30, in Vancouver. The primary patient partner will be required to attend 80% of the scheduled meetings. Participation can be in person or by telephone. Meetings will be 3 hours in duration and will occur during regular working hours. Commitment: Meetings will be set a few weeks in advance and participants will be given readings to do in preparation for each meeting. The term will last for 10 months with an option for extension. Committee members shall disclose any matter which may constitute a direct or indirect conflict of interest between personal and professional activities, and their responsibility as a Committee member. Committee members must act in a manner that will prevent conflicts of interest from arising.


The Ministry will cover all out of pocket expenses for patient partners to attend the meetings in person including travel, meals, parking, and if necessary, accommodation.


The Primary and Community Care Policy Implementation Committee will:
  • Provide provincial oversight for implementation of Primary Care Network (PCN) policy (including Urgent Primary Care Centres and Community Health Centres) and Specialized Community Service Programs (SCSP) policy for Mental Health and Substance Use & Adults with Complex Medical Conditions and/or Frailty;
  • Provide advice to the Interdivisional Strategic Councils and Collaborative Services Committees to enable them to make informed regional and local decisions on PCN and SCSP policy implementation;
  • Provide advice to the Ministry on allocation of funding to support implementation of PCN and SCSP policy;
  • Provide advice to the Ministry of Health with respect to key issues regarding the overall Primary and Community Care policy framework; and,
  • Provide advice to the GP Services Committee on key issues related to implementation of Patient Medical Home policy.
The Primary and Community Care Policy Implementation Committee will be chaired by the Ministry of Health’s Assistant Deputy Minister, Primary and Community Care Policy Division. The Assistant Deputy Minister / Chief Nurse Executive, Clinical Integration, Regulation and Education Division will serve as vice-chair. Review the Terms of Reference for the Primary and Community Care Policy Implementation Committee.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Kathryn Proudfoot
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Provincial

From Our Community

Shana Ooms

Executive Director of Primary Care Strategy, Policy and Quality — BC Ministry of Health

Shana Ooms

Where those of us in the room may have debated policy or wording, patient voices made sure patients were top of mind. And as a result, significant improvements were made to simplify something that was otherwise complex. Patient voices at the table bring us back to reality in terms of what we are trying to achieve.