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Members, Emergency Services Advisory Committee

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Are you interested in being involved in discussions on various issues relating to emergency departments and in sharing and implementing best practices around emergency care in B.C? If yes, this is your opportunity!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

Ministry of Health-Acute Care Policy and Access Hospital, Diagnostic and Clinical Services| Acute & Provincial Services Branch


The role of the Emergency Services Advisory Committee (ESAC) is to provide expert advice to, and receive strategic direction from the Ministry in order to improve emergency care in accordance with the Ministry’s strategic priorities. ESAC also provides members with an opportunity for sharing and implementing best practices around emergency care. To ensure a patient-centred approach, ESAC recognizes the benefit of including patient representatives on the committee.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate (at a local community or program level) on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will look to you for advice in decision making, developing alternatives, and solutions and include your recommendations into the decision as much as possible.


Patients should have previously attended a PVN orientation session.  If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact the Engagement Leader directly to see if accommodations may be possible. Experience preferred:
  • Experience with care issues related to emergency department(s) and the ability to communicate that experience effectively
  • Computer literacy and ability to work through email, teleconferences and videoconferences
  • Able to use personal experience constructively through the use of strong interpersonal skills
  • Be willing to listen to different views and respectful of diverse ideas
  • Our goal is to recruit one rural and one urban patient perspective. We are particularly interested to incorporate an Indigenous perspective as well


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Meetings will be held on a quarterly basis or as determined necessary by the Co-Chairs to achieve specific objectives. The next meeting will be on June 8, 2017 in the Training Room, Suite 201-750 West Pender Street in downtown Vancouver.
  • Meetings will in general run from 9:30am to 3:00pm, and most will be held in-person in Vancouver.


The Ministry of Health will fund meeting-related costs (i.e., room and refreshments). Expenses incurred by members due to participation on ESAC and on ESAC working groups will be reimbursed by the Ministry.


The Emergency Services Advisory Committee (ESAC) has realigned its direction to focus on change and quality. At the last quarterly meeting it was unanimously voted that the group would benefit from having a patient voice at the table. The Committee includes representation from the following: health authority’s administrators, medical directors, BC Patient Safety and Quality Council, Doctors of BC, BCEHS and the Ministry of Health. ESAC meets on a quarterly basis to discuss various issues relating to Emergency Departments and for sharing and implementing best practices around emergency care. Due to the fact that meetings occur every four months, patient partners will have a unique opportunity to receive regular updates on the issues they inform. As members of the committee, patients will receive meeting materials (agendas, minutes, presentations, reports, etc.) when they are distributed to the group. If a patient partner ends their relationship with the committee before a project is completed, we will attempt to arrange some form of communication to keep them updated on the outcomes of the project.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Ryan Sidorchuk
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Central & North Vancouver Island

From Our Community

Derek Koch

Spiritual Health Practitioner and Patient- and Family-Centred Care Lead — Kelowna General Hospital

Derek Koch

The bottom line is because we’re caring for patients. People who know best are those who are receiving the care so it makes logical sense that we would consult with them about their experiences. By connecting with PVN we have been able to educate our teams about the value of patient partners and how important their perspective is in our services.