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Member, Physician Quality Improvement Steering Committee

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Open to Northern Region, Patient partners in Northern Region

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Are you looking for ways to improve the care processes for patients? Join our steering committee and assist physicians and other Northern Health staff in designing quality improvement projects within the system.

Open to: Patient partners in Northern Region

Lead Organization or Department

Northern Health — Physician Quality Improvement


We are looking for patient partners to attend the Steering Committee to assist the committee in having a person and family centred care lens. The goal of the committee is to seek to remove barriers for Northern Health/Special Services Committee Physician Quality Improvement initiatives so that they are successful and connect initiatives with existing resources.

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.


• Familiarity with quality improvement in health care • Diverse background • Experience with steering committee meetings • Connections to Northern BC


Number of vacancies: 2 Initiative Format: Working group/ Committees Connection Method:
  • In-Person
  • Teleconference
  • Webinar
Commitment: Seven months to a year Steering Committee member expectations: • Review all agenda package materials prior to Steering Committee meeting; • Attend Steering Committee meetings; • Represent the views and interest of the patient partners; • Must disclose any matters which may constitute a direct or indirect conflict of interest between personal or professional activities. Moreover, always act in a manner that will prevent conflicts from arising; and • Participate in the evaluation of this initiative.


Pre-approved travel expenses will be covered as per Northern Health policy.


The Specialist Services Committee’s (SSC) Physician Quality Improvement initiative has funded the NH/SSC PQI Steering Committee to implement the proposal approved by the SSC on September 15, 2016. The proposal builds on existing NH quality structures and aims to increase physician engagement in Quality Improvement (QI) activities, as well as ensure those physicians have adequate technical, administrative, and educational supports. The purpose of the funding includes ensuring physicians are able to meet, coordinate and act on QI opportunities in partnership with the health authority to enhance patient- and family-centred care. The mission of Physician Quality Improvement (PQI) is to assist physicians to be collaborators in quality activated change, both as leaders and participants to improve clinical patient outcomes and provider experience, and positively impact retention. You can access the Terms of Reference here. Initiatives will be aligned with the health authority’s overall quality strategy, but distinct from its quality assurance responsibility and mandate. Activities may include funding physician champions to participate in quality improvement committees, and to support their time to lead specific quality improvement projects and initiatives identified by physicians working in facilities or health authorities. Other parties involved: Medical Staff Association, Doctors of BC, practicing General Practitioners, practicing specialists, and other patient partners.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern BC

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.