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Member, Saanich Peninsula Primary Care Network Steering Committee

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Open to Vancouver Island Region, Patient partners in the Saanich Peninsula region

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Would you like to share your perspective on all issues related to the implementation and ongoing sustainment of the Saanich Peninsula Primary Care Network? If yes, consider joining our Steering Committee!

Open to: Patient partners in the Saanich Peninsula region

Lead Organization or Department

South Island Division of Family Practice

Aim

As a member of the Saanich Peninsula Primary Care Network Steering Committee you will be asked to provide a patient perspective on ensuring that patients are at the centre of health care delivery.

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.

Eligibility

  • Open to patient partners in the Saanich Peninsula region
  • Experience with primary health care on the Saanich Peninsula (lived experience, work experience, or both would be an asset)
  • Committee experience and/or comfort working in large groups made up of a variety of stakeholders
  • Comfortable sharing stories on how to enhance the patient experience
  • Please note:
    • The placement process for this opportunity may include an informal interview between the volunteer and the health care partner.
    • Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ashley Clark directly to see if accommodations may be possible.

Logistics

  • Vacancies: 2
  • Date/time: Monthly, on the last Thursday of the month, from 2:30 – 4:00pm
  • Location: Saanich Peninsula area
  • Commitment: 12 months

Reimbursement

Pre-approved transportation costs to attend meetings will be reimbursed by South Island Division of Family Practice.

Background

Despite initiatives over the past several years to improve primary care in BC, there is still a large number of patients in the province that do not have appropriate access to primary care services. Announced in Spring 2018, the Government of BC’s Primary and Community Care Strategy is focused on improving the everyday health care services that British Columbians rely on. Through interdisciplinary team-based care, the Ministry of Health (the Ministry) will fund and recruit more health care professionals into the health system and ensure patients are at the centre of health care delivery. The Primary Care Network (PCN) Steering Committee is established under the guidance of the Collaborative Services Committee (CSC) that oversees the establishment and ongoing operations of the Saanich Peninsula PCN. The Steering Committee reports to the CSC to ensure ongoing community coordination and partnership and will be co-chaired by a representative of the health authority and a physician representative from the Division. A local First Nations representative will also be invited to co-chair the PCN Steering Committee. In addition to the co-chairs, the Steering Committee is comprised of local patient representatives, local First Nations representatives, physician representatives from local primary care practices, and nurse practitioner representatives. Additional groups may also be invited to sit at the Steering Committee to ensure that the PCN is representative of the community and of the health care providers delivering services. Other groups that may be included are:
  • Community specialists
  • Community organizations
  • Midwives
  • Allied health provider representatives
http://www.gpscbc.ca/what-we-do/system-change/primary-care-networks

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Ashley Clark
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island
250.812.8908
aclark@bcpsqc.ca

From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.