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Member, Shift to Safety: Measurement and Monitoring of Patient Safety Working Group, Fraser Health – Ridge Meadows Hospital

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners in Fraser Health Communities  (able to travel to Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge for meetings)

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According to a recent study released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, one in every 18 patients admitted to a Canadian hospital in 2014-15 suffered some kind of harmful event that could potentially have been prevented.  It’s with this in mind that the Shift to Safety Project is looking for patients to join their team as they focus on evaluating current conditions to reduce the chance of patients being unsafe.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health Communities  (able to travel to Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge for meetings)

Lead Organization or Department

Fraser Health – Ridge Meadows Hospital


To team up with patient partners, building a framework focused on evaluating the current state of patient safety through considering the patients’ journey and identifying areas that will reduce the risk.

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.  


This engagement is ideal for Patient Partners who have healthcare experience. 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.


  • Number: 2 Patient Partners
  • Date/Time & Commitment: Once a month, approximately 1 hour per month. Date and times of meeting will be determined by the Physician Lead on the Working Group
  • Location: Ridge Meadows Hospital Administration Building


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).


The Shift to Safety initiative is a framework that guides leaders, providers, patients and families to improve patient safety. This framework shifts the focus away from evaluating past harm and guides the team towards evaluating current state. This initiative considers patients and families as part of the team that will work together to evaluate the patient journey and identify areas that will enhance patient safety. This patient safety improvement initiative is a collaborative with the University of Toronto in which 7 teams across Canada that are applying the Shift to Safety: Measurement and Monitoring of Safety Framework. Other Members of the steering committee includes a Director, Manager, Clinical Nurse Educator, Point of Care Champion, Patient Care Coordinator, Quality Consultant and a Hospitalist. The team is focussing this work on 1 medicine unit at Ridge Meadows Hospital. For more information please visit the Canadian Patient Safety Institute website. Please Note:  This is not a typical project with a start and end date. It aims to effect a culture change within the hospital regarding how patient safety is perceived and responded to it by health care providers.  There are various patient safety indicators (e.g. number of falls over time, by specific unit, time of day etc.) that we monitor for improvements. These can be summarized and shared with the partner to reflect any improvements. Patient Safety survey results and general client satisfaction survey

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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


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