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Member, Provincial Nutrition Standards for Acute Care Review Committee

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Commitment: Short-term

Connection method: Virtual

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Volunteer Opportunity
The Ministry of Health is looking for patient partners to join their review committee to provide feedback on draft provincial nutrition standards for acute care. If you would like to share your experience of having received hospital meals during an in-patient stay this could be the opportunity for you!

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Lead Organization/Department
Ministry of Health, Office of Nutrition Policy & Promotion

Aim
A draft set of evidence-based, practice-informed Provincial Nutrition Standards for Acute care (Standards) have been developed by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with BC’s health authorities.

The goal of the Standards is to provide guidance for acute care facilities to improve the patient experience, address malnutrition, support optimal food intake for recovery, and offer appealing, nourishing food that meets the needs of BC’s culturally diverse population.

The Ministry of Health is inviting health care and patient partners to participate on a Review Committee to provide feedback on the draft Standards. The objective of the Review Committee is to provide feedback as it relates to direction, content, and considerations for implementation.

Patient Partners will be:
• Invited to attend 1-2 committee meetings
• Asked to review a copy of the draft Standards prior to the meetings
• Asked to give input from a patient perspective on the draft Standards; understanding the patient experience is key to moving this work forward

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.

Eligibility
Open to patient partners across the province who:
• Have experience as an in-patient within the last 3 years in an acute care facility (hospital) for a stay of 3 days or longer and received hospital meals
• Are comfortable sharing their health care experiences as it relates to food, and sharing their ideas with a group of health care partners
• Are comfortable with using Microsoft Teams for virtual meetings, and receiving documents by email
• Ideally we would like one patient partner with experience of a hospital stay in an urban setting and one patient partner with rural/remote experience

Please note that informal meet & greets may form part of the selection process for short listed patient partners.

If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Patient Partner Commitments, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Cassy Mitchell.

Logistics
• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date and Time: It is anticipated that the first meeting will be held late November/early December but the exact date will be determined based on availability of Review Committee members. Committee meetings will be 1.5hrs in length and review of the draft Standards will be required before meetings
• Location: Virtual participation via MS Teams
• Commitment: One to two meetings

Reimbursement
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 Cassy Mitchell cmitchell@bcpsqc.ca to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to .

Background
The Review Committee will include representatives from various groups including physicians, nurses, provincial support services and health authority Indigenous Wellness teams.

Partners will receive the committee Terms of Reference and a confidential draft copy of the Standards (with accompanying background information) for review prior to the meeting. Partners may be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Cassy Mitchell Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement 250.279.0717 | cmitchell@bcpsqc.ca

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