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Member, Residential Care (RC) Palliative Approach to Care Tools Shared Work Team

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners from Fraser Health communities who have experience in residential care

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Integrating timely, clear and concise information on how to provide palliative care information for patients and families in residential care is the goal of a new shared work team.  They are seeking two patient partners to join their team and provide them with input, making the tools easy to understand and implement across Fraser Health sites.

Open to: Patient partners from Fraser Health communities who have experience in residential care

Lead Organization or Department

Fraser Health Residential Care Services.


To provide patient input into tool development for residents and families.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.


  • Open to: Volunteers from Fraser Health communities who have experience in residential care
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: 2
  • Date/Time: To be determined, every 3 weeks 130-3pm
  • Commitment: 1-2 hours, every 3 weeks; 6 month Term.
  • Location: Combination of in-person, teleconference and webinar.  Central City, Surrey


Preapproved expenses related to travel to in person meetings will be reimbursed according to the Fraser Health Travel policy (including mileage, parking, tolls and/or public transit).


Residential care has endorsed a quality improvement strategy working towards integrating a palliative approach to care. In the early stages of this work, patient advisors were invited to participate in a focus group. Based on the results of the focus group efforts and a pilot project related to education and quality improvement collaborative, Residential Care has fully supported a two year plan for education, tool development and implementation across 79 facilities. This working group was recently formed to support the development of meaningful tools and information for care teams, residents and families. FH Residential care has been working on an education and implementation plan to integrate a palliative approach to care across all care homes in Fraser Health.  Currently the team is in the full implementation phase based on findings of a pilot at two sites. These efforts include a quality improvement collaborative educating teams about a palliative approach and how to have serious illness conversations related to advance care planning. This collaborative approach will take place over the next two years. They are seeking two patent partners to be a part of the shared work team to assist in developing resident and family focused tools about life limiting illness and what is a palliative approach. The patient partners will be responsible for informing and advising on the development and content of tools for family and residents’, ensuring it is patient and family-centred.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jami Brown
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Fraser Valley

From Our Community

Christine Wallsworth

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Christine Wallsworth

Patient and family partners should not be a check box on research proposals! They need to be involved right from the start. I know patient and family partners are doing their part by providing their knowledge to researchers from their lived experience.  It’s a win-win for us to work together through PVN to make sure our input drives improvements.