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Patient Advisor, Acquired Brain Injury Services

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Commitment: Short-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland

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Volunteer Opportunity
Help the Fraser Health Acquired Brain Injury Services create a program that best meets the needs of the community. They are seeking two patient partners to share their experience in the development of a path forward for their services.

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Lead Organization/Department
Acquired Brain Injury Services – Fraser Health

Aim
The Fraser Health Acquired Brain Injury Services program wants to understand the needs of people with acquired brain injury to help them develop and implement a strategic plan. A strategic plan often includes:
• A description of the services that are provided
• The goals of the services
• Details on how the services work together, and
• Topics to focus on

You will provide input on what’s important to those living with acquired brain injuries.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.

Eligibility
Open to volunteers from across Fraser Health communities who:
• Are a patient who has experienced an acquired brain injury or a caregiver to someone with an acquired brain injury.

An acquired brain injury (or ABI) is any sudden damage to the brain that happens any time after you are born. It can change how the brain normally works and can be temporary or permanent.

Logistics
• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date/Time: Meetings will be 1 or 2 times, when you are available, with a team member to share your experiences and ideas.
• Commitment: One-two, one hour telephone zoom calls, one – two times, for a maximum of six months.
• Location: Telephone, MS Teams or via Zoom.

Reimbursement
No out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria, but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Jami Brown to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

Background
Acquired Brain Injury Services is a regional program that provides community support services, day programs, and specialized community beds to adults living with moderate to severe brain injuries.

To learn more about the services currently available: https://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/brain-injury/brain-injury-services#.Y7SkWsuIaUk

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Jami Brown | BA, MAPC (she/her/hers) Engagement Leader BC Patient Safety & Quality Council 604.510.0449 jbrown@bcpsqc.ca

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.