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Patient Advisor, Surgical Patient Optimization Collaborative (SPOC) – Fraser Health

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal

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Volunteer Opportunity
Preparing for an upcoming surgery can greatly influence recovery. Fraser Health are looking for two patient partners to join them in exploring how to better support patients that have chronic health conditions prepare for surgery.


Lead Organization/Department
Fraser Health

• To develop and test ideas to prehabilitate patients prior to surgery. Examples of possible areas of focus are Sleep Apnea, Pain Management, Substance Use, Cardiovascular Disease, Anemia, and Frailty.
• Patient partners will share their experience to help inform test ideas and what’s important to patients, families and caregivers to prepare for surgery.

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.

Open to volunteers from Fraser communities area who:
• Have experience as a patient, family or caregiver with managing a chronic health condition while having surgery within Fraser Health
• Are interested in improving pre-surgery support
• Can use online platforms, such as zoom and Microsoft teams

There will be an informal conversation about the opportunity to seek the best fit for both patient and health care partners prior to placement.

• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date/Time: Meetings will be planned based upon availability, starting in March 2022.
• Commitment: Once a month, for a maximum of two hours, up to six months.
• Location: Zoom and Microsoft Teams, with the possibility of teleconferences.

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.

Surgical prehabilitation is when a health care team focuses on specific aspects of a patient’s health before surgery to support better outcomes and a better recovery after surgery.

The Surgical Patient Optimization Collaborative (SPOC) was launched in May 2019 due to widespread interest in improving surgical patient outcomes across different types of surgery. The collaborative aims to:
• Reduce surgical complications.
• Reduce the length of hospital stay for elective surgical patients.
• Reduce the number of surgical cancellations due to patient health status.
• Improve patient reported experiences and outcomes.
Surgical Patient Optimization Collaborative (SPOC)

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jami Brown | BA, MAPC (she/her/hers)
Engagement Leader
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

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